• Sweden edition
 
Sex-addict pastor defrocked for prostitute frolic

Sex-addict pastor defrocked for prostitute frolic

Published: 05 Nov 2010 15:12 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Nov 2010 15:12 GMT+01:00

A Church of Sweden pastor in Gothenburg has lost the right to practice as a pastor after admitting to buying sex from a prostitute.

The Gothenburg cathedral chapter ruled on Thursday to revoke the pastor's licence.

"This means in practice that he is unable to work as a pastor," Margareta Wicander, a lawyer for the diocese, told the Borås Tidning (BT) daily.

The pastor, who is from Sjuhärad in western Sweden, has been suspended since the revelations emerged and became known to his church employers.

He admitted to the soliciting offence in a letter to the diocese, claiming that he suffers from a serious sex addiction that he is attempting to deal with, aided by a colleague who also suffers from the condition.

The pastor will be reconsidered for a position if he is successful in his battle to purge himself of his sex addiction.

While he is currently employed as a pastor, it will be up to the parish of Sjuhärad to decide whether to reassign him or offer redundancy.

The priest was caught red-handed by police officers who had followed him and witnessed how he picked up a prostitute in his car in Gothenburg.

According to BT the priest had just managed to equip himself with a condom when the police unit exposed him.

This is not the first time that the pastor's sex habits have landed him in hot holy water.

Back in 2005 he was caught surfing for pornography using one of the church's computers, an incident that was referred to in the diocese's deliberations.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

16:17 November 5, 2010 by Tanskalainen
It just goes on and on and on......... the Swedish church is a bad joke. Why would anyone in their right mind want to attend one of these churches? May as well go back to Asatru or better yet become a real Christian.
17:04 November 5, 2010 by Sam1
SICK by the name of religion...Religious men are all same tell me one good one who does not interfere with politics, have peadophilia, creating hate between cultures and taking bribes...Very sick
17:06 November 5, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
The church of sweden does not forbid marriage so he should atleast start his rehabilitation process by getting a wife..eller hur?
17:27 November 5, 2010 by spo10
he is obviously obsessed with sex and so i don't think he should be working as a priest anymore.
17:29 November 5, 2010 by Pacey
Its good atleast he didnt get a young boy!
18:29 November 5, 2010 by mojofat
"The Gothenburg cathedral chapter ruled on Thursday to revoke the pastor's licence."

Hahahaha...one actually needs a license to repeat fairy tales in front of a group of people...oh, that's a good one. Because a license really legitimizes it...
19:24 November 5, 2010 by StockholmSam
What do you expect when you devote your life to working against nature?
19:57 November 5, 2010 by eZee.se
@StockholmSam,

You are thinking of catholic priests, this is Church of clowns...umm, I mean Church of Sweden where they are allowed to marry even people of the same sex.
21:53 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Brings new meaning to the term "holy roller".
22:46 November 5, 2010 by Nemesis
A priest who has consensual sex with adults, instead of children.

He is the first priest to have an interest in sex with adults, instead of children.

What the hell is he being attacked for?

Make him pope.

Give him an award.

Hold him up as an example to other priests.
03:33 November 6, 2010 by Zhorka
This is discrimination and invasion of privacy. Homo sapiens is in peril of copulating itself to extinction. Religious believers should see in the magnificent achievements of modern science such as evolutionary biology. The case is a manifestation of the glory of God, not a threat to their faith.
07:00 November 6, 2010 by elios
Anyway guys even they are priests they are humans and they do mistakes,we should not condem the catholic church or others for a human being indivitual fault.
10:22 November 6, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
@ adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com

Good one,but should be a legal one.....
12:00 November 6, 2010 by gabo
@ Nemesis

You contribute very often to stories on The Local, but from every indication, you do not even bother to read thoroughly through them before doing so...what a shame.

It is said a priest from the Church of Sweden. What makes you think that he should be made Pope? Or in your little mind, you now seem to think the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Church are one? Get your facts right before you go around running your mouth.

It is evident that you do not like the Catholic Church or its leader the Pope, but he still oversees over a billion christians all over the world. He does not need your approval.
04:02 November 8, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@gabo In that case he doesn't need you to defend him.
00:17 November 12, 2010 by wxman
Apparently, a good frocking will get you defrocked.
07:19 November 12, 2010 by wenddiver
@Gabo- The Pope was a major tool of the Anti-Christ during the time of Martin Luther and has only gotten worse. At least the Church of Sweden is removing him, not hiding him in another Diocis to victimize more innocents.
Today's headlines
Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London
Sofie Marie Jansson, who is currently missing in London. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
A Swedish Easter witch holding daffodils. File photo: TT

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter

In India, I'd notice Easter only from the traffic jam outside the churches, but here witches, egg hunts, and feathers mark the Christian holiday. The Local's Deepti Vashisht brings you the various shades of Swedish Easter. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid
Fredrik Reinfeldt answers the constitutional affairs committee's questions. Photo: TT

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid

Sweden's prime minister on Thursday said Vattenfall itself, not its owners the Swedish state, had responsibility for the loss-making Nuon deal. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
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 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

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

756
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