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Bishop of Iceland Sorry for Reaction to Sex Offenses

Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson apologized at a Church Convention today for the instances in which he is criticized in a report recently published by the Church Convention Investigative Commission.


Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The report covers sex offenses committed by former late Bishop Ólafur Skúlason and the National Church’s and current bishop’s reactions to them.

Sigurbjörnsson said he has often had to face his own “investigative commission”—his conscience—in this case, reports.

However, he does not acknowledge that his reaction in the case of one of the women who accused the late bishop of sexual harassment stalled its progress.

Now it is important to look ahead, Sigurbjörnsson stated. “Now we have to look at our work in honesty and mark a new and clear policy.”

Pétur Kr. Hafstein, the Church Convention’s chair, declared full support for Sigurbjörnsson when the convention opened in Grensáskirkja church earlier today.

Hafstein mentioned that although surveys have indicated that people have lost faith in the National Church of Iceland, the same applies to other institutions.

He revealed that radical changes to the church’s operations will be discussed at the Church Convention in the autumn, including limitations to the term in which the bishop remains in office and that a layman, instead of the bishop, will chair the Church Council.

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