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Abusive Bishop’s Daughter Compensated by Church?

Magnús E. Kristjánsson, who chairs the committee established by the council of the National Church of Iceland to work on improvements within the church, said it is possible that Gudrún Ebba Ólafsdóttir, daughter of late Bishop Ólafur Skúlason, by whom she was abused, will receive compensation from the church because of how her case was treated, as part of an effort of reconciliation.


Gudrún Ebba Ólafsdóttir. Photo courtesy of JPV-svh.

The committee, which ruled in July that three women should receive compensation worth ISK 5 million (USD 43,000, EUR 31,000) in total because of mistakes that occurred following their reports of Skúlason’s abuse, has been in contact with Ólafsdóttir since last summer, Fréttabladid reports.

ekki-lita-undan_eh-geo_cover“But we must look at these events in a broader context,” Kristjánsson said. “What we are looking for is reconciliation in a wider sense than financial compensation, which would only be part of the process. We are in discussion with her and are hoping for real reconciliation.”

“We want to work towards shedding light on these terrible events to prevent them from happening again,” Einarsson added.

The book Ekki líta undan (“Don’t Look Away”) by Elín Hirst in which Ólafsdóttir tells her story was published on Sunday. Ólafsdóttir also appeared in an interview on national broadcaster RÚV on Sunday where she discussed the book.

Click here to read about the compensation paid out to the three women last summer and here to read about other women who have since come forward with similar accusations of abuse by the late bishop.


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