In his New Year’s sermon Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson spoke against revenge and hatred. He said the trial of former Prime Minister Geir Haarde for his part in events that led to the economic depression was a “disgrace to the nation.”
Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review
The bishop said: “The future of the nation must not be an extension of the past. Here we need something new. The road of self-absorption and narcissism is a dessert, the paths of greed and voracity lead to no end. The trail of revenge and hatred is a cul-du-sac. Ever more people realize that our nation has wandered onto the wrong track. I feel that the charge before the High Court (Landsdómur) is one sign of this and a disgrace to the nation.
Of course people should be tried to their crimes and those who are guilty should get a sentence they deserve! … Do we have a new system of justice in our country? A system in which people are found guilty immediately if the story sells well and the punishment is started right away in the stocks in the town square of public opinion.
Tabloids have long existed and written about the worst of society and gotten the revulsion of civilized people. Now this is more or less accepted. Even rumors, deceptions and bullying. The hope of profit is in charge, people’s mistakes and sorrows sell, and thus nobody should care about the life and well being of those who are the subjects of such new and even innocent people that are somehow connected.”