Monday, August 5, 2013

Bishop of Aberdeen: Apologise for child sex abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey School

One of Scotland's most senior Catholic clergymen is to apologise for three decades of abuse at a boarding school.

Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen, will tell his parishioners of his "horror and shame" over the revelations that monks raped and sexually abused children at Fort Augustus Abbey School.

A BBC investigation, aired last Monday, heard accounts from former male pupils of physical violence, rape and sexual assault by monks over 30 years at the school.

The bishop will offer an apology on behalf of the Church, in the hope of repairing its reputation following a series of scandals.

Speaking to the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, Bishop Gilbert said the "sins and failures" of the Catholic Church in Scotland must be acknowledged before the damage can be repaired.

SCOTLAND
The Independent

NICK RENAUD-KOMIYA

SUNDAY 04 AUGUST 2013

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