Swedish Bishop Apologizes for Not Investigating Child Abuse Claims

The Republic
April 25, 2010

STOCKHOLM The Swedish Catholic Church has issued an apology after a newspaper revealed it had not investigated claims of child sexual abuse by a priest.

Bishop Anders Arborelius says he takes "full responsibility and is prepared to face the consequences" for not investigating the case, that was first reported to the church in 1990.

Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported earlier Sunday that a woman and her sister were sexually abused by a priest in the 1950s-1960s. It said the church didn't investigate their claims until last week, despite repeated reports from the women to church officials.

The church said it will now conduct a thorough investigation of the case.

The priest is still alive but has left Sweden, a predominantly Lutheran country.


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