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Ex Conservative Minister defends Catholic priest. Claims Pollestad is the victim of a long-running evil campaign. Former Conservative (H) minister Lars Roar Langslet, a close friend and ally of priest Kjell Arild Pollestad, cannot believe he committed attempted rape. He thinks Pollestad has been treated abominably, and is convinced of his honesty. “I’m deeply wounded by the whole affair. He can sometimes be a bit quick off the mark – and, like anybody else, has both his good and bad sides – but is an extremely caring friend. There have obviously been evil forces at work here that have tried to get at him for a long time.”Forced out

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Ex Conservative Minister defends Catholic priest

Published on Wednesday, 14th April, 2010 at 15:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th April 2010 at 12:13.

Claims Pollestad is the victim of a long-running evil campaign.

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“Caring”

Former Conservative (H) minister Lars Roar Langslet, a close friend and ally of priest Kjell Arild Pollestad, cannot believe he committed attempted rape. He thinks Pollestad has been treated abominably, and is convinced of his honesty.

“I’m deeply wounded by the whole affair. He can sometimes be a bit quick off the mark – and, like anybody else, has both his good and bad sides – but is an extremely caring friend. There have obviously been evil forces at work here that have tried to get at him for a long time.”

Forced out

The case isn’t new. Langslet says he heard of the accusations six years ago, and that Vatican representatives came to look into it.

Whilst Pollestad claims they didn’t draw any clear conclusions, he alleges he was still asked to leave the country and travel to France.

Bernt Eidsvig, the Bishop of Oslo and Trondheim, tells NRK he thought it was the right thing to do at the time.

“Pollestad was a burden on his environment. His superiors believed he tackled the situation poorly, and that others had problems with him being there,” he says.

Interview

Though Pollestad has denied Reidar Voith’s allegations of attempted rape, saying he believes he’s the victim of a dirty game of church politics, Vestfold police say they still want to interview Voith when he returns from his London trip later this week.

Meanwhile, Bernt Eidsvig says he still believes Voith’s claims, and calls the whole episode a complete tragedy.

“These are the remains of a once friendship. It’s hurtful and bitter,” he tells VG.




Published on Wednesday, 14th April, 2010 at 15:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th April 2010 at 12:13.

This post has the following tags: kjell, arild, pollestad, reidar, voith, trondheim, bishop, catholic, church, sexual, abuse, scandal, bernt, eidsvig.





  
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