Bishop Hugh Gilbert

Bishop says sorry for sex abuse horror

One of Scotland’s most senior Catholics will apologise today on behalf of the Church for almost three decades of abuse of pupils at a boarding school. Hugh Gilbert, the Bishop of Aberdeen, will tell parishioners at Fort Augustus church in the Highlands of his “horror and shame” over the revelations that monks raped and sexually […]

Jimmy Savile

Sexual predator Jimmy Savile was regular visitor to Catholic school at centre of abuse scandal

Predator Jimmy Savile was a frequent guest of monks at the Catholic boarding school at the centre of a sex abuse scandal. The serial sex attacker regularly drove to Fort Augustus Abbey at a time when ex-pupils claim they were being terrorised by some of the monks. A BBC TV investigation, Sins of the Fathers, […]

Dom Richard Yeo

Benedictine order plans inquiry into Scotland schools child abuse scandal

Senior figures in the Benedictine religious order are planning their own inquiry into harrowing allegations that monks sexually and physically abused dozens of boys at two schools in Scotland. Police in Scotland have launched an investigation into disclosures by former pupils at Fort Augustus in the Highlands and Carlekemp Priory school near Edinburgh that monks […]

Fort Augustus Abbey School

Ex-pupils allege they were raped and abused by monks at schools in Scotland

Dozens of pupils at exclusive Roman Catholic boarding schools in Scotland have alleged they were sexually and physically abused by monks, one of whom allegedly raped at least five boys. Nine Benedictine monks who taught at the Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands and its preparatory school in East Lothian have been accused of […]

Malcolm Fraser: 20 years

20 years in US jail for Scots churchman who raped 11-year-old girl

A Scots churchman found guilty of raping a child in the US has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. Malcolm Fraser was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape of a young girl following an investigation by US police. Fraser, 41, who was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Elgin [and was a […]

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Christians demand free speech guidance from Scotland Yard chief

Britain’s most senior policeman [sic] has been urged to issue guidelines to his officers to protect Christians’ rights to free speech, amid claims they are suffering intimidation and discrimination from police. Christian activists have called on Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, to inform all his officers that it is legal to cite traditional […]

Bishop Emeritus Maurice Taylor

Scots priest who abused children still looked after by Church

Fresh questions have been raised about how the Catholic Church in Scotland handles child sex-abuse cases. It has emerged an Ayrshire priest who admitted abusing children almost 20 years ago is still being looked after by the Church. Father Paul Moore, who is retired, reportedly confessed to the then Bishop of Galloway, Maurice Taylor, in […]

Former church official admits to ‘degree lie’ to land job

Former church official admits to ‘degree lie’ to land job

A former senior official in the Lincoln Diocese has admitted lying about his degree to gain his job. Maximilian Manin claimed he had a degree in English Literature and Art History from Sheffield University when he successfully applied for the role of Chief Executive of the Diocese back in 2004. The 54 year-old, formerly of […]


Paedophile pensioner abused Edinburgh church home children

A paedophile pensioner who preyed on vulnerable children in care at a church-run home faces a lengthy jail sentence. Ian Samson, 72, serially abused young people and raped one girl at the premises where he lived in while his wife worked there as the matron. Even after he severed links with the home, Samson continued […]

Dr Duncan Morrow

Sectarianism is a Scotland-wide issue, report warns

Scotland should stop denying the existence of sectarianism and start a national push to eradicate it, the leader of a Scottish Government taskforce set up to rid the country of religious hatred says today. Dr Duncan Morrow, chairman of Alex Salmond’s sectarianism advisory group, argues that acknowledging the bigotry that blights Scotland would be an […]

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