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The Clerical Ethos - The Church of Sweden Authorities and Clerical Ethical Standards
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (English)In: Church Work and Management in Change / [ed] Kati Niemelä, Tampere: Church Research Institute , 2012, 76-100 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]


The clerical ethos has been under discussion since the pedophilia 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 misbehavior, addiction, lacking in co-operation, leadership, economic crime, and greed. This article 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 are analyzed and a clerical ethos constructed via the decisions by the church authorities. The results indicate that improper use of position to get personal favors (sexually, economically) is considered especially unbecoming.

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Tampere: Church Research Institute , 2012. 76-100 p.
Keyword [en]
professional ethics, clergy, clergy misconduct, Church of Sweden
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176022ISBN: 978-951-693-315-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176022DiVA: diva2:534038
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2012-08-30Bibliographically approved

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