A priest complained to the election in a letter to the Gothenburg diocese, and wrote, among other things, that Rappman "can never become the spiritual leader and bishop, for us priests, who represent the classic ämbetssynen" because she is a woman, reports Göteborgs-Posten.
Just before the end of the year decided the cathedral Chapter, the body conducting supervision over the activities of the diocese, to deprive the priest the right to exercise the office.
– It is stated in the decision is that he has violated the pledge is about being loyal to the bishop and the cathedral Chapter. Every priest and deacon who is ordained in the Swedish church under the bishop's supervision. If you say: "No, I do not recognise the bishop," then you have said no to the scheme, " says Karin Burstrand from the diocese to the GP.
Bishop Susanne Rappman, which would otherwise serve as the chairman of the diocese, had registered a conflict of interest in the issue and was not involved in the decision – which will be appealed by the person concerned to the priest.