Icelandic Ambassador To Vatican Discusses Sexual Abuse Case With Officials - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Ambassador To Vatican Discusses Sexual Abuse Case With Officials

Published December 13, 2013

Iceland’s new ambassador to the Vatican discussed the infamous Landakotsskóli case with officials in Rome.
Vísir reports that Martin Eyjólfsson is Iceland’s new ambassador to the Vatican, and met the Pope as a part of his new appointment. Martin told reporters that he gave Pope Francis “greetings from the president and the Icelandic people.”
The Pope spoke briefly to attendees at the meeting, saying that world’s embassies should coordinate to fight against human trafficking. At the speech’s conclusion, Martin was given an opportunity to speak.
Amongst other things, Martin brought up the Landakotsskóli case, where numerous instances of sexual and physical abuse at the Catholic school have been recently brought to light.
“I expressed great sorrow over how the Catholic church in Iceland seems to intend to treat this case,” he said. “Amongst other things, the recent reports of the restitution to the victims,” referring to reports that while the church has paid some reparations to victims of sexual and physical abuse at the school, the church has chosen not to admit that any of them are actually owed reparations.
Martin encouraged the church to find a “satisfactory solution” to the case.


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