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Church issues apology for child abuse in Scotland

The Roman Catholic church in Scotland issued an apology following the release of the McLellan Commission report into child abuse

The commission was set up in 2013 after Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned having admitted sexual abuse and misconduct following allegations from three priests and a former priest.
Alongside the review, the church published details of “safeguarding audits” from 2006 to 2012, revealing a total of 46 allegations, or which 55 per cent related to sexual abuse and 19 per cent to physical abuse.

In his findings McLellan himself a former high ranking member of the church ins Scotland, demanded an apology from the clergy and called for the a review of cases that were subject to a “safeguarding audit”. Only 39% of those cases audited were subject to a prosecution.