Sunday, February 27, 2011

Church confirms 3 pedophilia priests
Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:33AM
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Bishop Anders Aborelius said on April 13, 2010 that the Roman Catholic Church in Sweden will investigate four claims of clergy abuse.Sweden's Roman Catholic Church has confirmed that three of its priests have carried out acts of pedophilia, as sex scandals and allegations of high-level cover-ups continue to rock the church.

The pedophile clergymen cannot be prosecuted as they are covered by the statute of limitations, AFP reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the crimes took place between 1940 and 1970.

The church opened a probe in April 2010 into allegations that four priests had committed pedophile acts.

A Church report, dated February 25 and put online on Saturday, said that the responsibility of the three priests had been confirmed.

The report noted that one of the three priests has died, another is no longer a priest and the third could not be identified.

"For the fourth priest, the accusations could not be corroborated by the investigation," said the report, adding that investigators had been unable to speak to the alleged victim.

Pedophilia scandals have rocked the Roman Catholic Church since last year. Pope Benedict XV himself has been accused of aiding efforts to protect pedophile priests from prosecution.

Charges against the Pope alleging crimes against humanity have been initiated at the International Criminal Court.

Two German lawyers, Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel from the Pope's home state of Bavaria, have submitted a 16,500-word document indicting the Pope for various crimes against humanity.

Pope Benedict is charged with the "establishment and maintenance of a worldwide system of cover-up of the sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and their preferential treatment, which aids and abets ever new crimes."

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