Catholic Church Investigation Results Tomorrow

1.11.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
The committee assembled to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic church will formally announce its findings tomorrow.

The investigations began in June 2011, when Catholic Bishop of Iceland Pétur Bürcher publicly apologised to the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests or other staff, and asked for their forgiveness. In so doing, he said, he was following the example of Pope Benedict XVI, who issued a similar statement not too long before then.

Law professor Róbert R. Spanó, who led the team which investigated the Church of Iceland, was asked to do the same within the Catholic church. Specifically, he was asked to assemble a team to investigate the Catholic church in Iceland, and submit its findings no later than 1 September of that year.

While that deadline has long since come and gone, the matter was not forgotten, as Vísir now reports that the committee will release its findings tomorrow.

At the time the allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic church most recently arose, the Church of Iceland was under considerable fire in the midst of a sex abuse scandal involving the previous bishop, Karl Sigurbjörnsson, and his predecessor, the late Ólafur Skúlasson.

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