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Priests Sign Statement to Ensure Women's Safety

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Priests Sign Statement to Ensure Women's Safety

Hallgrímskirkja Church Interior

Photo: Ian Funk

A group of 49 male priests and deacons have signed a statement promising to do everything they can to ensure women’s safety within the National Church of Iceland, as well as in other environments where they have power and influence, reports RÚV. “The silence around sexual harassment and violence will not be tolerated on our part. We will report harassment to which we are witness,” says the statement.

An announcement from Reverend Sigurður Árni Þórðarson, parish priest at Hallgrímskirkja church, states signatures were solicited in a private online group consisting of priests, deacons, and theologians, and individuals were only given short notice.

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