• Sweden edition
 
Bishop 'ready to resign' over sex abuse silence

Bishop 'ready to resign' over sex abuse silence

Published: 26 Apr 2010 07:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Apr 2010 07:54 GMT+02:00

On Sunday the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily published an interview with one of the alleged victims, who claims the Church kept quiet on her case for the past two decades despite repeated attempts to obtain justice.

"As a bishop I take full responsibility for that and am prepared to face the consequences," Anders Arborelius, the bishop of Stockholm, Sweden's only Catholic diocese, said in a statement.

He called for "a thorough investigation of this tragic case."

The woman, now in her 60s, told DN she contacted the previous Stockholm bishop, Hubertus Brandenburg, in 1990 to report claims of abuse she and her sister suffered in the late 1950s and 1960s.

"The answer I got was in essence 'We'll do our own investigation within the Church, and it's not something we will talk about'," the woman, who was not identified, told DN.

DN reported that the woman later contacted a Catholic newspaper, which did not take her allegations seriously.

Brandenburg died in 2009, according to the Stockholm diocese.

In 2003, the woman says she met with his successor Anders Arborelius to confront him about the abuse, allegedly committed by a priest who she claims had a sexual relationship with her mother.

When no action was taken, she emailed the Church detailing the allegations, to which she got a reply referring her to a therapist.

She then contacted a high-ranking official in Sweden's Catholic Church to no avail, DN said.

It was only this month, after the Swedish Catholic Church admitted that it had received reports of two other cases of clerical abuse, that the woman's allegations were finally heard out.

She was granted a meeting last week with Bishop Arborelius, who has ordered an investigation.

The woman told DN the bishop was understanding and meant well.

"But I didn't get an answer as to why they only started talking about this now," she said.

The Stockholm Diocese said in Sunday's statement it would not comment further on the case, since the Church was now investigating the matter.

But Arborelius, who was on his way to Rome, later told Sveriges Radio (SR) the case had been "incorrectly handled from our side."

"If it is due to me that it was not investigated, I am ready to face the consequences and ask the pope to relieve me from my work as a bishop," he told the public broadcaster.

The diocese said the priest accused in the allegations was still alive but no longer lived in Sweden, and that he had not been employed in the Swedish Catholic Church since the mid-1990s.

The Roman Catholic Church is reeling from a string of damning revelations concerning child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland, Austria, Belgium, the United States and Pope Benedict XVI's native Germany.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

08:27 April 26, 2010 by Celc
What I don't understand is why people (especially the victims) seem to think sexual abuse is a church matter when it's quite obviously a criminal matter.

If someone was sexually abused in school by a teacher, they wouldn't turn to the principal to handle the matter, they'd turn to the police. If a priest committed murder I highly doubt people would turn to the bishop and ask for an investigation. Yet for some reason sexual abuse within the church has some kind of awkward privilege in peoples minds.
12:18 April 26, 2010 by Nemesis
This is a serious crimnal matter.

There needs to be a formal explanation from the government why everyone involved has not been arrested, tried and jailed.

The catholic church is covering up sexual abuse in every country it is in.

When are governments going to stop pandering to the catholic church and start arresting all the paedophiles?
14:31 April 26, 2010 by Audrian
The history of the Catholic Church is dripping with blood. All the violent kings in history perpetrated violence with tacit support of the Church. There was time when the positions of the Pope were bought and sold or given as a political favor. Such Popes crucified their enemies and kept women for their pleasure from whom they had children.

It was believed that the hidden hand of the US had played a major role in the appointment of the previous Pope. (He carried secret message to and from between the Solidarity Movement in Poland and the CIA). Maria Teresa, who was known for her humanitarian work in Calcutta and awarded the Nobel Prize for peace because of it, was frequent guest of vicious Latin America dictators during the period when it was known that they were openly abusing human rights.

The crimes that Church priests are accused of are insignificant compared to those in the past. It possible that Church had looked at the other way because it was felt they were minor crimes.
16:40 April 26, 2010 by Wetallica
@Celc: Because he is a priest, a religion man, he's not even allowed to have legal sex supposedly, + because it happened several times
18:06 April 26, 2010 by spongepaddy
And the buggers should be forced to pay proper tax and follow human rights conventions too, while we're at it. No other organisations get away with so much as religious ones. Bring the b*stards to task or close them down.
08:15 April 27, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
since when did anything based on a 'story' become more powerful than the LAW and governments?

everyone one of these perverts needs to be locked away with all the other pedophiles, rapists and murderers.............period!
09:16 April 27, 2010 by blondelover
oh.. he looks like a real culprit.. after doing all those stuff as a priest.. look at him giving a pose dressed up as holy man..!!
Today's headlines
Opinion
'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'
File photo: Shutterstock

'The Danish narrative on Sweden is based on a lie'

There is a popular narrative that in Sweden, people bite their tongues, while in Denmark they speak their minds, but political commentator Brian Esbensen argues that Danes find it easier to criticise others than to look at their own problems and taboos. READ  

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'

After reports that wandering elks were scaring the public, police on the island of Frösön have decided not to open fire on the animals, but have urged locals to exercise caution instead. READ  

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation
Sweden's Minister of International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. File photo: TT

Swedish funds to tackle female genital mutilation

Sweden has earmarked 48 million kronor ($7 million) of its development aid budget to a United Nations programme to tackle female genital mutilation. READ  

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis
Photo: TT

Swedish leaders speak out on Gaza crisis

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Israel is interested in negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas while Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has stood by his comment about the Israelis having a right to defend itself. READ  

New rules threaten microbreweries
File photo: Systembolaget

New rules threaten microbreweries

Swedish microbreweries have reacted with concern to new distribution regulations being imposed by the state controlled alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, which they fear may put them out of business. READ  

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up
Volvo hybrid bus. Photo: Volvo Buses

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden have announced a joint project to develop a system for electric buses to recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club
Marta celebrates after scoring in the 2014 Uefa Champions League Women's Final. Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club

Brazilian superstar Marta will be donning the colours of FC Rosengård this season with the Swedish club hoping the investment will keep them at the top of the women's game. READ  

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists
Rebel tanks on the road to Horlivka in June. Photo: TT

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists

Swedish police are investigating the suspected kidnapping of a Swedish citizen by pro-Russian separatists at a road block in eastern Ukraine. READ  

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

Swedish defence firm Saab has declined to provide a bid for a 30 billion ($4.37 billion) Danish fighter contract while reports indicate that US firm Lockheed Martin is set to land the deal. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Blog updates

18 July

Starting over (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

" I’ve now been off the water for almost 14 days. At first I was totally gutted being forced into a rest period, I had Stockholm in my sights and apart from the pain and discomfort in my shoulder, spirits were high and I was starting to gain some momentum. The news hit me fairly hard and..." READ »

 

18 July

Favorites of Swedish Summer 2014 (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"In a boscage of brush and birch trees, sits an unobtrusive cabin on the sea. A small window faces the windward side of the feverish Baltic. It’s the size of a modern wardrobe, designed to fit a small desk and a limitless cavern of stories and characters that extend as far as the waves and skies..." READ »

 
 
 
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
National
Northern Sweden warmest in 90 years
Gallery
'Victoria Day': Crown Princess Victoria turns 37
Politics
Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
National
EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Society
Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Lifestyle
Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Gallery
Swedish summer tourism highlights
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

699
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se