Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O’Brien could be forced to give evidence in court over allegations that priest raped young boy

Shamed cardinal Keith O’Brien may be called to give evidence in court over allegations that a priest raped a young boy. The potentially explosive case will force the former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland back into the public eye despite efforts by the Vatican to secure him a low profile. Christopher Williams, now […]

Sir Anthony Hart

Irish child abuse inquiry calls for Scottish survivors to come forward

An inquiry into historical child abuse at institutions in Northern Ireland is appealing for survivors living in Scotland to come forward. The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was set up earlier this year to investigate abuse at residential institutions over a 73-year period up to 1995. So far 43 individuals living in Scotland and England have […]


Calls for inquiry into ‘bias’ and ‘collusion’ by police over nuns cleared of child cruelty

A senior Roman Catholic official has called for an inquiry into police conduct after two nuns were cleared of charges of assaulting girls in their care at an approved school in Renfrewshire. Sr Rosaria, 79, and Sr Agnes, 77, had been accused of hitting pupils at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton between 1969 to 1971. […]

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‘Christian’ foster mother convicted of physical and mental torture against young children in her care

A “Dickensian” foster mother made a child lick urine from a carpet and left her so starved she ate from bins. Ruth Johnston, 61, treated her own kids like royalty while beating and terrorising foster children as young as two. Vulnerable youngsters were knocked to the ground, hit with a slipper, pinched until they bled, […]

Scripture Union worker found with thousands of child abuse images

Scripture Union worker found with thousands of child abuse images

A Scripture Union Scotland worker was caught with thousands of child abuse images and videos while he was employed at the Christian charity’s Bible camp for youngsters. Scott McVean was found with the images after he accidentally dropped a memory stick in the staff room at the Lendrick Muir centre near Kinross. Colleagues plugged in […]

Bishop Joseph Devine

‘Letter of no confidence from clergy to Nuncio led to Bishop of Motherwell’s departure’

The Catholic Church has confirmed that the resignation of Bishop Joseph Devine has been accepted by the Pope. The controversial Bishop of Motherwell had handed in his resignation in August last year upon reaching the age of 75, but will now go into retirement before a permanent replacement can be found, following what was understood […]

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Edinburgh gun death: victim was son of Central Mosque Imam

Police have named the man murdered in Willowbrae in an incident at the weekend as 25-year-old Mohammed Omar Abdi. The Scotsman understands that Mr Abdi is the son of the second Imam at Edinburgh’s Central Mosque. He was from the Leith area of the capital. Mr Abdi was found ‘seriously injured’ on Abercorn Avenue on […]

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Met investigates Salesian Order’s schools over child sex abuse

Detectives have launched an investigation into widespread child sex abuse at schools of a Catholic order in Great Britain. The Metropolitan Police Service’s paedophile unit is running ‘Operation Torva’ to investigate some 20 priests and teachers over abuse – dating back to the 1950’s – alleged by up to 30 former pupils at schools run […]

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Priest at centre of child sex abuse claims leaves Scotland to go back to his native Ireland

A priest at the centre of child sex abuse claims has left the country. The clergyman moved back to his native Ireland. Police have started an investigation but have not questioned him. The clergyman, who is in his 80s, has been accused of being part of a ring of paedophile priests who abused Pat McEwan […]

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Police investigate allegations of sex abuse at Fort Augustus Catholic boarding school

Police are investigating allegations of abuse at a Catholic boarding school in the Scottish Highlands, following complaints of a brutal regime in which boys were physically beaten, psychologically tortured and sexually assaulted. The school closed in 1993. Officers from Police Scotland will travel to Newcastle tomorrow to interview Andrew Lavery, 41, who for two years […]

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