Friday, April 30, 2010

Swedish government rejects bishop’s informal request for abuse probe

Swedish government rejects bishop’s informal request for abuse probe
April 30, 2010
The Swedish government has rejected a call from the nation’s sole bishop to conduct an independent investigation of clerical abuse claims.

“We need to shed light on this matter by someone who does not have any ties to the Church,” said Bishop Anders Arborelius in an interview with a Stockholm newspaper.

The nation’s culture minister responded that although the government would consider a formal request for an independent investigation, “I think the Church should handle this matter itself” in cases that can no longer be brought to trial under the statute of limitations.

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