We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Sweden's bishop asks forgiveness, urges abuse victims to come forward

Catholic World News - April 14, 2010

The day he received two allegations of abuse committed by priests in the 1940s and 1960s, Sweden’s sole bishop asked for forgiveness.

“It is with deep sadness and grief that I receive these reports that some of our priests have abused children,” said Bishop Anders Arborelius, OCD, who has led the Diocese of Stockholm since 1998. “It is important that the victims dare to step forward with their stories, enabling us to get to the bottom of these terrible crimes once and for all.”

“We know it is incredibly difficult for victims to dare to talk about this but if there are more people who have been exposed to this by priests here in Sweden, I hope and pray that they have the strength to contact me,” added Bishop Arborelius, the first Swedish-born bishop since the sixteenth century. “We can then look into what happened and they can get redress, while the guilty priests-- if they are still alive-- can receive just punishment for the crimes they have committed.”

Only 1.5% of the nation’s 9.2 million people are Catholic. 163 priests minister in Sweden's 43 parishes.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($31,169 to go):
$35,000.00 $3,831.25
89% 11%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Ways of Evangelization 13 hours ago
Evangelization and the Gift of Meaning 14 hours ago
Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament March 3
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. March 2
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5