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Swedish bishop off sick after office bashing

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Swedish bishop off sick after office bashing
10:25 CET+01:00
Sven Thidevall, a Church of Sweden bishop in Växjö in southern Sweden, has been obliged to seek the solace of sick leave after an office quarrel ended in a bout of clerical fisticuffs.

"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.

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.

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