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Speaker: Per Hansson

Title: From Sermons to Sex

Subtitle: Complaints about Church of Sweden Priests 2000-2004--A Preliminary Report

Conference: Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientifc Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association

Session: C-7: Studies of Clergy

Place: Denver, Colorado, United States

Date: October 23-25, 2009

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | European History: Swedish History | Types: Clergy Sexual Abuse


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Speaker: Per Hansson, Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier (Department of Education), Uppsala universitet (Uppsala University)

Abstract: »The Church of Sweden (national, Lutheran) was disestablished in the year 2000 and former state obligations were transformed to the church itself. Major changes were made in the oversight of the clergy and all complaints were to be handled by the church. All cases of complaints about priests in 2000 – 2004 were investigated, altogether 159 cases concerning 135 priests. The complaints were about a wide range of issues: from sermons and presiding at common worship to adultery, rape, greed and addiction. The complainants were parish councils, private persons, colleagues, and bishops. In 45 cases the diocesan chapter opened a case leading to admonition, period of probation or prohibition. The decisions were as follows: admonition or period of probation in 12 cases; prohibition in 10 cases; male priests were significantly over-represented. In 7 cases no measures were taken and in the rest of the cases the chapter criticized the priest in a statement, remanding the case to (mostly the bishop); in one case the complaint was rejected. Clergy misconduct in the 21st century is compared with earlier research.« (Source: DiVA)

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