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From Sermons to Sex: Complaints about Church of Sweden Priests 2000 - 2004. A Preliminary Report.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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 ‚Äď 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.

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2009.
Keyword [en]
clergy misconduct
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Religious Studies Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109774OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109774DiVA: diva2:273963
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Paper presented at the Religious Research Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado October 23, 2009
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Paper presented at the Religious Research Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado October 23, 2009 Available from: 2009-10-26 Created: 2009-10-26 Last updated: 2011-12-19Bibliographically approved

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