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Allegations mount against Catholic Church

TT/The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 08:33

Published: 28 Apr 2010 08:33 GMT+02:00

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The woman, who is now in her forties, claims that she was repeatedly abused as a four-year-old by a priest who was active in the parish.

The woman lived at the time at a Catholic Church children's home in Sweden.

"It has had catastrophic consequences for my life, and my family's life," the woman told Christian website Dagen.

According to the woman, the priest was later transferred to a post overseas. The woman has also since moved abroad.

The abuse has been reported to the Catholic Church in Sweden, but the woman claims that she has neither received any apology nor been met with any understanding for her ordeal.

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The Catholic Church has condemned the abuse in a letter to the website and pledged that it "will get to the bottom" of the allegations.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:35 April 28, 2010 by Nemesis
To the journalist who wrote this.

Name the priest.

If you have a picture, post it.

Let everyone see who it is.
10:01 April 28, 2010 by wifey
These are 'allegations'. I don't think putting up photos or naming people before they are suspects or rather convicted of such a crime would be right. Any one of us could make such allegations about anyone. It would result in hundreds of cases of libel. And that would be just a start...
12:00 April 28, 2010 by StockholmSam
Four years old, huh? And now forty years have passed? I doubt anyone can remember what happened to them when they were four, especially after such a protracted period. This case sounds really fishy, even though I am all in favor of eradicating the Catholic Church.
13:03 April 28, 2010 by Hauhr
@StockholmSam: Most people don't remember what went on when they were 4, but then most of us didn't experience the trauma of being abused. its hard to say what can reasonably be remembered when one is not ones self a victim. "especially after such a protracted period" - you make it sound like she just remembered yesterday while out shopping that she was abused when she was 4. it is probably something she has lived with all her life, maybe even brought it up but no one took any notice.

@Nemesis, I agree with you that The Local is unrivalled at leaving out details in their articles about the who, what, when, where and why but @wifey has a point that at the moment it is just an allegation.
13:17 April 28, 2010 by Twiceshy
Why does this happen? Here is the answer:


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

Just look at this ONE vs. 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!
14:38 April 28, 2010 by Audrian
The culprit acted as wolves in sheep's clothe. Thus, the reason why it took many centuries for the crime against children to come out! I am sure many Catholic Church followers in the past many centuries had suffered quietly. I wonder if this applies to other religious denominations!

I think parents should demand the installation CTTV in all places of worship.
16:05 April 28, 2010 by dimster
I agree with Hauhr. Painful memories will stay even if you are young.
18:31 April 28, 2010 by Nemesis
This is an endemic problem in the catholic church.

Governments need to stop dancing around the religeous.

If someone rapes a child, they should be dealt with by the courts and jail system.

No religeon should be given diplomatic status to hide there paedophilia behind. Dtate recognition of the Vatican should be removed, so as to allow victims to sue the Pope who has helped cover up all the abuse.

Also as the Pope ordered a cover up of sexual abuse of children, he should be tried in the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
20:30 April 28, 2010 by Greg in Canada
More allegations against the Catholic church. Gollygeewillickers, who would have ever suspected? :-)

I agree with Nemesis. It's not only about the perv clergy, but also the fact the church has tried so very hard to cover it up over the years.
13:51 April 29, 2010 by La Figaro
@Stockholm Sam, I am in my thirties now and I still recall certain things that happened when I was barely 3 years old including an attempted rape of our househelp by my big cousin, I was less than 4 years old then. I didn't know it was rape till I grew older. Maybe you don't recall anything that happened in your early years but some people do.
08:57 April 30, 2010 by Nemesis
@ La Figaro

I have sat in the audience in court cases back home and heard very similar to yourself.

Stockholm Sam needs to figure out what empathy is and think before posting.
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