Sex rumours land loose-lipped Swedish pastor in hot water
Charlotte Webb · 23 Sep 2009, 12:34
Published: 23 Sep 2009 12:34 GMT+02:00
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The pastor has been reported for allegedly violating his duty of confidentiality and passing on intimate details of a woman's sex life to other members of his congregation, writes the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.
The accusations come after the pastor ran into a male member of his congregation near the parish offices in August of this year at which point the pastor is said to have initiated a conversation pertaining to the the sex life of one of the female members of his congregation.
Amongst other remarks, the pastor is purported to have revealed that the woman's ex-husband often wanted to have sex with her, but that she was less than enthusiastic.
In a letter to the church's local chapter, the woman wrote that she was informed of the pastor's remarks by an onlooker, who contacted her after the event.
The letter also expressed her fears that he might now feel free to inform anyone at all about the details of her private life and about things revealed during other pastoral conversations.
The pastor has denied any wrongdoing, maintaining that he had never broken confidentiality with a congregation member in his 30-year career.
“I have no comment, but naturally I didn't do it. Is this the same person who reported me earlier? She's trying to have me removed from the congregation," he told the newspaper.
The incident is not the first occurrence to land the pastor has courted controversy.
He is currently in the middle of a three-year probationary period handed down by the cathedral chapter in Lund.
According to this decision, if he proves unsuited for his assignment in any way during this time he will be declared relieved of his duties.