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Swedish Catholic Church hid sex abuse claims

TT/Paul O'Mahony · 25 Apr 2010, 09:47

Published: 25 Apr 2010 09:47 GMT+02:00

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In 1990 one of the two sisters, now in her sixties, contacted the former bishop of Stockholm, Hubertus Brandeburg, to inform him of the girls' abuse at the hands of a priest. At the time the church was investigating other charges relating to the same priest, including accusations from the girls' mother that she and the priest had a sexual relationship from 1958 to 1990.

"He became irritated and I became angry. The answer I got was pretty much, 'we're conducting our own investigation within the church and it's not something we're planning to talk about," the woman told Dagens Nyheter.

Bishop Brandenburg died last year.

The woman also got in touch with a Catholic newspaper in Sweden, which she said did not take her allegations seriously.

In 2003 the woman contacted the current bishop, Anders Arborelius, to tell him about the priest's sexual relationship with her mother and his sexual abuse of the two girls.

She later wrote an email to the church detailing the same accusations, to which she received a reply advising her to seek out a conversational therapist.

At the beginning of last week, with church sex abuse scandals back in the news worldwide, the woman contacted Bishop Arborelius again. This time, the Catholic Church publicly acknowledged the accusations and vowed to launch a full inquiry.

"I was treated very well by Bishop Anders. He means well and he's understanding. But I didn't get an answer as to why they've only started talking about this now," she told Dagens Nyheter.

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The accused remains a priest but has been transferred to different parishes several times since the 1960s, a pattern typical for clergymen accused of abuses. The findings of the investigation into the charges against him are to be forwarded to the Vatican and could result in him being dismissed from the clergy.

The priest refused to comment on the accusations or the investigation when contacted by Dagens Nyheter.

TT/Paul O'Mahony (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:45 April 25, 2010 by Nemesis
If you want to get a general idea where this will go, this link will explain it all.


It is endemic in the entire catholic church in every country the Vatican has an outpost.
12:53 April 25, 2010 by Twiceshy
Why did and does this happen? Read here:


Almost everything this church teaches is against what the Bible teaches.

Just look at this ONE vers and then think about it, if you are catholic, next time you same the same old prayer:


So just saying the same words over and over again - hmmm...

So again, priests not being married, rote prayer and on and on and on... not from the Bible but from Pagan religions!

Study. Learn. See what the Bible teaches!
13:53 April 25, 2010 by Per Johansson52
@ Twiceshy

Are you mad? Bible actually teaches about pornography and is completely X-RATE BOOK. Things which Bible teaches about raping, having family sex and stuff like that is shameful. It is reason that these priests rape boys and girls.

Just type in Google for X-RATE Bible verses.

You would not read these verse of Bible to your daughters or to group of people. Bible is book of contradiction/fiction and confusions. Just leave these Churches!

Search for book with no contradictions .

15:37 April 25, 2010 by bjinger
God, so many people in the world choose to have the religious freedom.
17:39 April 25, 2010 by bichito
Library of Congress of Argentina,

Buenos Aires, April 25th. 2010.

Though I am catholic I think that the Church has mistaken its role setting the Roman Pastor as far away of people that is against of us. I go to mass every day neither for the pope not for the priests, but for Jesus. The sermon of today in all the parishes of Argentina is related and against gay marriages should my Master at any time condemned anybody but the pharisees and the doctors of the law. This is not the message of salvation given by God at the cross or inspired in the New Testament of love one another as He did. My brothers of Sweden, christians have a lot to do to set as possible the new man announced by the Gospel.

Cont. Ricardo A. Zavi-U.N.C.

argentine citizen ID 11,091,375

17:41 April 25, 2010 by Rick Methven
@perjohansson52 aka newyork-vaxjo

And the Koran tells you that it was OK for your prophet to have sex with a 9 year old.LOL

A plague on all your houses
19:05 April 25, 2010 by spongepaddy

Good info. And you're dead right.


Quit quoting verses from your f*cking magic book, you loony, and accept that these people are criminals. Your precious priests molested children and it was their own fault, not some demons or "sin". And they should be punished by law.

I can quote from MY magic book, if you like. "Noddy Loses Sixpence". It has much to say about life. You should all be locked up, you nutters.
19:10 April 25, 2010 by farnoxo
If anyone needed more proof of how religion perverts society to serve its own ends, the recent epidemic of disclosures about catholic sex abuses is proof enough. When will humans grow up (intellectually speaking) and realise that religion is like a social virus ... it will cynically mutate into whatever form (not matter how perverse) is required to preserve itself.

Those who continue to devote their intellectual allegiances to 2000 plus year old drivel that was written when people still thought that the sun orbited the earth should take heed - even god(s) have clay feet!
20:17 April 25, 2010 by Xcellent
these guys should be imprisoned in israel, so jews can sell the organs of these pervs.
20:55 April 25, 2010 by laura ka baal
Who is priest?

answer is above.
22:45 April 25, 2010 by TrueFreeThinker
One evil priest. ONE! Less than 2% of Catholic priests have abused kids, compared to about 8% of non-religious people. Every child abuser should be punished. But it's not just a Catholic problem.

From this website:

One in two foster kids sexually abused

Published: 17 Oct 09 13:52 CET

A government report reveals that half the number of children who grew up in Swedish foster homes or institutions over the last seventy years were exposed to sexual abuse. The report, which was outed by SVT's Rapport news programme, interviewed 400 people and revealed one in two had been the victim or sexual abuse or rape.

The figures were unexpected according to Göran Johansson, who led the study.

"I hadn't anticipated the extent of the problem or the number of foster children exposed to such abuse," he told SVT.

The investigation was set up to survey how children from the 1920s to the 1990s experienced their childhood in society's care. "We also have serious examples of how perpetrators were protected rather than the children's stories being heard," Johansson added.

An initial report was submitted at the beginning of the year and the survey will continue into 2011, aiming to hear evidence from 1,000 interviewees in total. Following the completion of the investigation the government is expected to consider its position in regard to requests for damages.
00:05 April 26, 2010 by Per Johansson52
@Rick Methven aka Nemesis

I think the custom of that time was to get married earlier age for girls and

Hey u know marriage is different thing than raping children when they go to worship jesus. I have read about the marriage of Muhammad and age of her wife some of these scholars says she was over 17 like famous scholar ShabirAllay. But I am learning more about Islam.

07:02 April 26, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Per Johansson52 or more accurately New York Växjö sock puppet.

You are lying. Mohammad married a 9 year old girl.

You still have questions to answer on the Discuss forum here on the local.
12:15 April 26, 2010 by spongepaddy

"8% of non-religious people" have abused children. What?!?!? I just HAVE to see your sources on this! Well come then, let's see your facts.
19:13 April 26, 2010 by Greg in Canada
I agree with Nemesis.
08:08 August 24, 2011 by stanJames
Virtually every country in the world has the church priests raping children.

why was it mostly boys - because alter girls were forbidden until recently.

whats the problem - sexual immaturity - the church doesnt let priest marry, and calls such simple things as masturbation a sin etc

Ultimately, since we are all sexual creatures, sex wins out. But the priests pick up at the mental age where they were denied normal fulfillment Hence they pick on children

Wouldnt it be a lot better if the priests had simply had sex with each other.?

BTW there are lots of cases where the church forced nuns to have abortions due to pregnancy. At least those priests were having sex with consenting adults.

the sooner this monster is stripped of all its trillions of $$ and the money given to the poor etc, the better.

Protect your children.

And the crap about 2% of the priests while 8% of non priests are molesters - another lie - reverse the numbers to get closer to the absolute truth.

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