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Sex-addict pastor defrocked for prostitute frolic

The Local · 5 Nov 2010, 15:12

Published: 05 Nov 2010 15:12 GMT+01:00

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The Gothenburg cathedral chapter ruled on Thursday to revoke the pastor's licence.

"This means in practice that he is unable to work as a pastor," Margareta Wicander, a lawyer for the diocese, told the Borås Tidning (BT) daily.

The pastor, who is from Sjuhärad in western Sweden, has been suspended since the revelations emerged and became known to his church employers.

He admitted to the soliciting offence in a letter to the diocese, claiming that he suffers from a serious sex addiction that he is attempting to deal with, aided by a colleague who also suffers from the condition.

The pastor will be reconsidered for a position if he is successful in his battle to purge himself of his sex addiction.

While he is currently employed as a pastor, it will be up to the parish of Sjuhärad to decide whether to reassign him or offer redundancy.

The priest was caught red-handed by police officers who had followed him and witnessed how he picked up a prostitute in his car in Gothenburg.

According to BT the priest had just managed to equip himself with a condom when the police unit exposed him.

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This is not the first time that the pastor's sex habits have landed him in hot holy water.

Back in 2005 he was caught surfing for pornography using one of the church's computers, an incident that was referred to in the diocese's deliberations.

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16:17 November 5, 2010 by Tanskalainen
It just goes on and on and on......... the Swedish church is a bad joke. Why would anyone in their right mind want to attend one of these churches? May as well go back to Asatru or better yet become a real Christian.
17:04 November 5, 2010 by Sam1
SICK by the name of religion...Religious men are all same tell me one good one who does not interfere with politics, have peadophilia, creating hate between cultures and taking bribes...Very sick
17:06 November 5, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
The church of sweden does not forbid marriage so he should atleast start his rehabilitation process by getting a wife..eller hur?
17:27 November 5, 2010 by spo10
he is obviously obsessed with sex and so i don't think he should be working as a priest anymore.
17:29 November 5, 2010 by Pacey
Its good atleast he didnt get a young boy!
18:29 November 5, 2010 by mojofat
"The Gothenburg cathedral chapter ruled on Thursday to revoke the pastor's licence."

Hahahaha...one actually needs a license to repeat fairy tales in front of a group of people...oh, that's a good one. Because a license really legitimizes it...
19:24 November 5, 2010 by StockholmSam
What do you expect when you devote your life to working against nature?
19:57 November 5, 2010 by eZee.se

You are thinking of catholic priests, this is Church of clowns...umm, I mean Church of Sweden where they are allowed to marry even people of the same sex.
21:53 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Brings new meaning to the term "holy roller".
22:46 November 5, 2010 by Nemesis
A priest who has consensual sex with adults, instead of children.

He is the first priest to have an interest in sex with adults, instead of children.

What the hell is he being attacked for?

Make him pope.

Give him an award.

Hold him up as an example to other priests.
03:33 November 6, 2010 by Zhorka
This is discrimination and invasion of privacy. Homo sapiens is in peril of copulating itself to extinction. Religious believers should see in the magnificent achievements of modern science such as evolutionary biology. The case is a manifestation of the glory of God, not a threat to their faith.
07:00 November 6, 2010 by elios
Anyway guys even they are priests they are humans and they do mistakes,we should not condem the catholic church or others for a human being indivitual fault.
10:22 November 6, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
@ adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com

Good one,but should be a legal one.....
12:00 November 6, 2010 by gabo
@ Nemesis

You contribute very often to stories on The Local, but from every indication, you do not even bother to read thoroughly through them before doing so...what a shame.

It is said a priest from the Church of Sweden. What makes you think that he should be made Pope? Or in your little mind, you now seem to think the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Church are one? Get your facts right before you go around running your mouth.

It is evident that you do not like the Catholic Church or its leader the Pope, but he still oversees over a billion christians all over the world. He does not need your approval.
04:02 November 8, 2010 by Tanskalainen
@gabo In that case he doesn't need you to defend him.
00:17 November 12, 2010 by wxman
Apparently, a good frocking will get you defrocked.
07:19 November 12, 2010 by wenddiver
@Gabo- The Pope was a major tool of the Anti-Christ during the time of Martin Luther and has only gotten worse. At least the Church of Sweden is removing him, not hiding him in another Diocis to victimize more innocents.
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