• Sweden's news in English

Minister: Catholic Church should investigate

TT/The Local · 30 Apr 2010, 07:07

Published: 30 Apr 2010 07:07 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"We need an impartial investigation, we can not manage this ourselves," Arborelius told the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

"The government should appoint someone. I will write to them shortly. We need someone with no loyalty to the church to shed light on the issue," the bishop said.

But church minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth is reluctant to approve a state examination of allegations that the church hushed up the reports before a formal request is received and is in general sceptical of state involvement.

"If this is not that extensive then I think the church should be able to manage it itself," she told the newspaper.

The Swedish cases that have so far come to light have all passed the statute of limitations. Should more recent allegations emerge then they would be a matter for the police.

"The pope now wants more consistent rules. All cases must be forwarded to Rome as part of the ecclesiastical legal process," said Arborelius, who has recently returned from an audience with the pope on other matters.

Anders Arborelius has written to a Swedish woman who came forward and told of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest, the Christian website Dagen reports.

"I regret the horrible things you have been subjected to and ask for your forgiveness in the Church's name," he writes and promised to investigate the abuse.

Story continues below…

The woman has however been left unimpressed by the communication.

"It is so pitiful, I have no words to describe it. He writes that he regrets what has happened and asked for forgiveness in the name of the church, but doesn't mention a word of my brother's death or that they will conduct an investigation into it," she told Dagen.

According to the woman, who has since emigrated from Sweden, her brother died as a result of negligence at the monastery where she and her siblings lived as children.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

08:04 April 30, 2010 by calebian22
"If this is not that extensive then I think the church should be able to manage it itself," she told the newspaper. --Because it has done such a good job of policing itself up to this point around the world.

The Catholic church has forgotten that it must render under Caesar that which is Caesar's -Mathew 22:21. Pedophilia is a crime that is not specifically addressed under Biblical teachings, so this would fall under "Caesar's" authority.
08:37 April 30, 2010 by curiousdutch
All criminals are equal in the eyes of law and church can't treat them as special cases, religious people must stop using double-standards.
08:48 April 30, 2010 by planethero
Raping children is extremely bad for society and criminality.
09:05 April 30, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
They can serve better if they are married. At least that would not make them think of others properties :P

In Islam

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

"When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of his religion, so let him fear God regarding the remaining half."

`O young people! Whoever among you can support a wife should marry, for that is more modest for the gaze and safer for your private parts.'
09:06 April 30, 2010 by Nemesis
What planet are these people living on?

Anyone raping a child should be put down, not discussd, understood or given a chance to hide behind the law.

The catholic church has been raping children worldwide. In every country that the catholic church is operating priests are going to jail for raping children.

As for the church forwarding complaints to the Pope. if that happens arrest the pope as well.

Any government not arresting the pope, when he interferes in legal process of prosecuting a paedophile should also be arrested.
12:47 April 30, 2010 by farnoxo
The catholic church has shown (again and again and again) how poorly it can manage itself, from the Inquisition until the present. the pope is so out of touch with reality, one could be forgiven for thinking he is from another planet. His sycophantic inner circle of papal butt kissers are incapable of taking a dump without his permission. The state should investigate the catholic church and - if all goes well - put them into the same danger category as other balmy cults like the scientologists.

There once was a church

that had a moral lurch

coz all the priests were diddling

little choir boys while they were piddling

behind the parish birch
15:24 April 30, 2010 by Greg in Canada
The problem is the Catholic church hasn't managed to police on is own. No matter where in the world where abuse has occured, the church had a policy of trying to cover it up. We've sent several Catholic clergy to jail here in Canada. Sweden should be doing the same.
16:05 April 30, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
The catholic church has no credibility. I wish the media would stop patronizing them.
16:43 April 30, 2010 by xenyasai
Pope Song


Enjoy. :)
19:53 April 30, 2010 by icsouza
It is pity that such a controversy is coming up in the Church when so much is needed for the society today. If there are those who cannot live up to celibacy, they must be helped. We should be able to understand that in such a time of "sexual revolution" anyone wil have problems in the matters of sex. But the Church should help them. Just punishing the culprits will not heal the society and the church...
03:56 May 1, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"If there are those who cannot live up to celibacy, they must be helped. "

The best way to help them with celibacy is to admit that it is ridiculous Catholic ideal that has no roots in original christianity teaching, .
18:36 May 10, 2010 by MikeSar
Yes, this kind of behaviour, by ANYBODY is inexcusable.

--------------------OK having said that, here is one excuse, inadequte, of course.

We all have our own outlook, framework or, even, frameworld.

Author Saul Bellows said it best in "Mr. Sammlers Planet"

Pulitzer AND Nobel in Literature winner in 1978(?).

or, take the word of Mr. Palmer, who wrote

"Our ability to reject Reality is grossly underestimated!"

It is not that they do not know what they do

It is more like a "temporary insanity", not serious enough,

according to "them" (or "us") to justify treatment for life.

What theyneed is a Love of Truth, they profess and ignore. Sad.
Today's headlines
This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available