Euan Patterson

Youth Moderator makes plea against domestic violence

Speaking to the General Assembly this afternoon, the Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, Euan Patterson, urged all male delegates to support the White Ribbon Campaign against domestic violence. The National Youth Assembly brings together a diverse group of young people and aims to give them a voice within the church. In August 2012, they […]

Paisley Sheriff Court

Nuns cleared of child assault as lead cop with ‘no surrender’ sticker and RFC carplate is charged with racist attack

Two nuns have been cleared of assaulting girls in their care at an approved school in Renfrewshire. Anne Kenny, 79, known as Mother Rosaria, and Agnes Reville, 77, known as Mother Martin, had been accused of hitting pupils at Dalbeth Approved School in Bishopton from 1969 to 1971. Their trial at Paisley Sheriff Court heard […]

Rev Lorna Hood

New Moderator’s brush with the law

Rev  Lorna Hood, who is about to become the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is well used to wearing a dog collar. But the Minister found herself envisaging a new type of “collar” when she set about dealing with the loss of the Moderator’s ring. In the hope of […]


Imam is nabbed in police drugs swoop in Leith

A Muslim cleric at one of Scotland’s biggest mosques was arrested in a major drugs swoop. Cops reportedly found a “significant quantity” of crack cocaine and cash at a property owned by the imam in Leith, Edinburgh. It’s understood the religious leader, who cannot be named, regularly leads prayers at the capital’s Central Mosque. Last […]

Rt Rev Albert Bogle

Moderator interrupted as church service is halted by police

Scotland’s Kirk leader [sic] was stunned when a cop interrupted a service to order his flock to move their cars. The officer stormed up to the pulpit and quizzed Rt Rev Albert Bogle about the motors — just as Sunday’s collection was being taken at St John’s in Largs, Ayrshire. Local minister Rev Ross Mitchell […]


Cardinal Keith O’Brien ‘snubbed the victim at the centre of the Carfin Grotto sex abuse probe’

The victim at the centre of the Carfin Grotto sex abuse probe yesterday revealed he was snubbed by Cardinal Keith O’Brien after begging him to investigate his tormentors. Devout Catholic Pat McEwan sent a hand-written letter to O’Brien, then Scotland’s most senior churchman, in 2010 after undergoing years of counselling about his experiences. The 63-year-old […]

Bishop Joseph Devine

Man who claims to have been raped by priest at Catholic grotto is a fantasist, says Bishop Joseph Devine

A senior churchman yesterday said an alleged sex abuse victim who claims he was raped at Carfin Grotto is “living in a fantasy world”. Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell branded Pat McEwan an “alcoholic” and said he doesn’t believe claims he was abused by priests when he was a boy. In Monday’s Daily Record, Pat, […]

Peter Kearney

Catholics in Scotland ‘more likely to struggle’

Scots Catholics are more likely to be poor or in prison than Protestants, a Government study showed yesterday. They also have a higher chance of being unemployed, lacking qualifications and having long-term illnesses. The study of inequality across Scotland examined how groups cope with the jobs market, justice, crime and poverty. Forty-two per cent declared […]

Anti-sectarian police

Claims that millions of pounds are being wasted by anti-bigotry campaigners

Concerns have been raised about the millions Scotland is spending on anti-bigotry projects as it emerged expert advice on funding will not be ready until the end of the year. The extension of work by the Scottish Government’s academic group on sectarianism for another six months means most of the £9 million committed to tackling […]


Motherwell diocese called in police over 1950s Carfin ‘rape’ allegation

Two former Scottish Catholic Church canons are under police investigation over alleged indecencies committed in the Fifties. The two men, aged 84 and 88, both from the west of Scotland, have not been arrested and police have confirmed that an investigation is ongoing. The inquiry began after an alleged victim decided to forgo anonymity and […]

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