RELIGION

Catholic Church Should Investigate Itself

Thursday's request in a newspaper article by Swedish Catholic Bishop Anders Arborelius for a non partisan state investigator into child abuse allegations which have rocked the church has not been welcomed by Sweden's Culture Minister.

Lena Aldelshon Lijeroth whose department covers church matters told the SVD newspaper that she believes that if the allegations are "not that extensive then i think the church should be able to manage itself. "

The period for prosecution of those alleged cases of child abuse by Swedish priests which are known today has expired. But Bishop Arborelius has already offered his resignation in case an investigation shows that he acted wrongly when he did not report an abuse case which he knew about.