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Swedish bishop off sick after office bashing

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Feb 2010, 10:25

Published: 05 Feb 2010 10:25 GMT+01:00

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"We have a poor psychosocial working environment and have tried to work things out for quite some time. Of course the soul hurts when something like this happens," Thidevall told local newspaper Östran.

The bishop did not receive any physical injury after his beating, which the newspaper reports resembled more a case of pushing and shoving.

"There was no serious physical violence but the situation feels bad. Everyone knows that the office has experienced tension for some time now and of course no one feels good about this," Thidevall said.

The diocese is now busy looking into the matter in an effort to bury the bishop's office's internal problems.

"The incident is extremely regrettable. This is a faith group and of course there are differences of opinion," Jan-Erik Forsberg, the vice-chairperson of the diocese committee, told the newspaper.

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The employee at the heart of the bishop's office blow out has not been suspended from his post, but is receiving the support of his colleagues.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:36 February 5, 2010 by Twiceshy
Oh dear oh dear, Sweden. You really shouldn't do that sort of stuff at the office. And when you do bash the bishop, have a little self control. Not normal to need to go off on sick leave afterwards. Happily it seems no choir boys were involved.
12:10 February 5, 2010 by livinginsweden
well is this:

an eye for an eye or

turn the other cheek or

love thy neighbor? or

ha ha
12:31 February 5, 2010 by Frobobbles
In England the bishops do this all the time, but for pleasure.
12:49 February 5, 2010 by Luckystrike
First, did the church call the newspapers to report on the "fight"...How strange.. ? Secondly, why the hell is this waste of cybr space story on TL?
14:55 February 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Luckystrike: it is interesting that you read the story and commented on it, then bashed The Local for reporting it...
17:59 February 5, 2010 by Alex Coman
Of course the devil will not attack the people from a pub, most of them are already doing his work...

The harder you want to please God, the harder the temptations will be put around you.
18:54 February 5, 2010 by Twiceshy
00:15 February 6, 2010 by travels

I must say, I agree!
03:31 February 6, 2010 by Davey-jo
I thought "beating the bishop" was a euphemism for a young boys complaint but apparently in Sweden it means just what it says on the tin.
14:56 February 6, 2010 by Lavaux
Looks as though Christians are people, too. But then we don't claim otherwise, which is why it never ceases to amaze me when people with no standards ridicule Christians for failing to live up to theirs 100% of the time. It's like an ant ridiculing an eagle for surrendering to gravity by alighting in a tree.

God's blessings on the Bishop and the Swedish Church. Lord knows they both need as many blessings as they can get.
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