Bishop Joseph Devine

Police probe dad-of-two’s claims that he was raped by Catholic priest at Carfin Grotto in the 1950s

A father of two has told how a priest raped him at the famous Carfin Grotto shrine when he was eight. Pat McEwan, 63, said that after the attack, his abuser told him: “Stop crying. Be a soldier of Christ. God doesn’t like boys who cry.” Pat says the sex attack was one of many […]

Rt Rev Albert Bogle

Appeal by the Moderator for the return of ‘significant’ Church jewellery

It was at the beginning of this month that police in Edinburgh first put out an appeal for help in finding jewellery owned by the Church of Scotland which had gone missing, along with the bag that they were in, from a luggage trolley early in the morning at Edinburgh Airport on 5 April 2013. […]

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Salvation Army welcomes the introduction of EU Anti-Trafficking Directive

The Salvation Army welcomes the entry into force today of the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive. As an international organisation we are conscious of how valuable it is for Europe to take concerted action on the insidious problem of human trafficking which devastates so many lives across the European community and beyond. The Salvation Army has been […]

Rev Andrew Richardson

Praise for bid to cut lead theft

A Glasgow minister has welcomed proposals for tighter measures to tackle metal theft. Reverend Andrew Richardson, whose church in Baillieston was hit six times by thieves in 2011, said the move by the Scottish Government would be “very important” in trying to combat the crime. The government launched a consultation this week which will seek […]

Sheriff Richard Davidson

Crown Office to appeal after Celtic fan is cleared of singing sectarian songs

Prosecutors are to challenge a sheriff’s verdict after he cleared a Celtic fan of singing sectarian songs and branded anti-bigotry laws as “mince”. The Crown Office yesterday confirmed they are preparing to take the rare step of appealing the not guilty verdict given in the trial of Dion McLeish at Dundee Sheriff Court last week. […]

Bishop Joseph Devine

Scottish Catholic church’s handling of abuse is a sham, says former insider

A former child protection consultant for the Scottish Catholic church has criticised its procedures for dealing with abuse, branding them a sham, only weeks after the country’s most senior cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, was forced to resign over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. As evidence mounts of the chaotic response in the church to the […]

Sheriff Richard Davidson

Dundee sheriff criticises anti-sectarian legislation and blames denominational schools

A sheriff has cleared a man of singing inflammatory songs at a Dundee FC match, blaming “horribly badly drafted” legislation. Sheriff Richard Davidson blasted attempts to tackle sectarianism in football through laws banning certain songs, instead laying the blame at the door of denominational schools. Celtic fan Dion McLeish, 20, was found not guilty of […]


Pope Francis: Church must ‘act decisively’ against paedophile priests

Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must “act decisively” against the scourge of paedophile priests, in his first public remarks on the scandal since being elected last month. Tackling the sexual abuse of children by clergymen was vital for restoring the “credibility” of the Church worldwide, Francis said. He issued the declaration after holding a […]


‘Kirk families threaten to batter’ PC elder found guilty of sex assault on girl

A kirk-going police officer has been warned to stay away from his church after he sexually assaulting a girl during a cinema showing of The Hobbit. Disgraced Steven Kellock, 40, pawed the 15-year-old and thrust his hand under her top during a screening of the blockbuster at the Vue cinema in Edinburgh. The kirk elder […]


PC sexually assaulted girl at church cinema trip

A police officer and kirk elder who sexually assaulted a 15-year old girl in an Edinburgh cinema during a church youth group outing has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register. Forty-year old Steven Kellock, a constable with Lothian & Borders Police, pled guilty in Edinburgh Sheriff Court today to repeatedly touching the girl on […]

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