Religion: The Bishop of Strangnas

Toward the end of the trial, the bishop began to wilt, his ruddy face gone sallow, his eyes vacant behind the thick lenses. As the prosecutor summed up—about the missing typewriter, the assumed name, the charwoman's scrap of paper, the fingerprints—the bishop clutched his chair, and glanced nervously from judge to defense counsel. Finally, last week, it was over, and all Sweden breathed a sigh of relief.

It was just about a year ago that Sweden was first presented with the strange case of the Rev. Dick (not a nickname) A. V. Helander, 57, former professor of theology at Uppsala University. In...