Roman Catholic Church

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 […]

Protestants are 'more creative' than Catholics and Jews because they don't have an adequate outlet for their feelings

Protestants are ‘more creative’ than Catholics and Jews because they don’t have an adequate outlet for their feelings

Protestants are more creative than Catholics and Jews, new research has found. Researchers from the University of Illinois wanted to test a previously-held theory that introverted people who suppress emotions about sex and depravity are more creative than people who are more open and extroverted. They discovered that Protestants, or people who grow up in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Scotland’s Opus Dei ‘founder’ honoured

The man responsible for the start of Opus Dei in Scotland is on the cards to be beatified, after the Vatican approved a miracle performed through his intercession. The same Vatican decree approving the second miracle of John Paul II and announcing the canonisation of  John XXIII, which was made public earlier this month, also […]

Archbishop Leo Cushley

Cardinal O’Brien’s replacement named as Monsignor Leo Cushley

The Vatican has confirmed the appointment of Monsignor Leo Cushley, 52, as the new Catholic archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He takes over from his disgraced predecessor Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who stepped down in February following sexual misconduct allegations. The new archbishop was born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and became a priest almost 30 years […]

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Call to end ‘religious interference’ in Scottish councils

The presence of unelected religious representatives on council education committees in Scotland has been condemned as “profoundly undemocratic”. The Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has criticised the system. It claimed it was evidence of “religious interference at the heart of local democracy”. The ESS said that a total of 91 unelected religious representatives have seats on […]

Michael Turnbull

Historians in battle to safeguard Catholic archives

A group of leading academics is calling on the Scottish Government to intervene in a controversy over the Catholic Archives in Edinburgh. Historians Professor Dauvit Broun, Professor Thomas Owen Clancy, Dr Jenny Wormald, and Professor Ewen Cameron have already attempted to force the issue on the Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, calling for the Church to […]

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