The Clerical Ethos: The Church Authorities and Clerical Ethical Standards
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
The clerical ethos has been under discussion since the paedophilia scandals in the Roman Catholic Church were uncovered. However, Church authorities in all churches handle different kinds of clerical misconduct. Church of Sweden authorities handled 159 complaints on priests during 2000 - 2004. The complaints varied: breach of regulations, pastoral misconduct, sexual misbehaviour, addiction, lacking in co-operation, leadership, economic crime, and greed. This paper aims to explore how the church authorities construct clerical ethos (what is acceptable and what is not) in a secular society, which values in some cases differ from traditional Christian standpoints. Documents on all complaints about Church of Sweden priests (3.587 pages) are analyzed and a clerical ethos constructed via the decisions by the church authorities. Preliminary results indicate that improper use of position to get personal favours (economically, sexually) is considered unbecoming. Adultery is on the other hand not considered unbecoming to the same extent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-159997DiVA: diva2:447790
Church Work and Management in Change. The 3rd Conference on Church Leadership and Organizational Change. 15-17 September 2011, Järvenpää, Finland