An article in the August 2003 Christianity Today:
Lutheran minister Thorkild Grosboel of Taarbaek, Denmark, was suspended by his bishop after telling a newspaper, "There is no heavenly God, there is no eternal life, there is no resurrection." (Only the state, not bishops, can fire ministers.) He later said he was misquoted, and that he believes "in something divine, but not in a God who created man and the ant." Bishop Lide-Lotte Rebel told the AFP news service that the remarks were "unacceptable, creating doubt and confusion," but the congregation disagrees. "If there is no place for our pastor in this church, then there is no place for many of us either," said the head of the parish council at a protest attended by hundreds.
So, a question for all you Scandanavians (and Europeans in general): Is this kind of "apostate" behavior by church leaders common over there? I've gotten the impression that, compared to the US, it is.
Craig (of the curious Merck class)