Senior Scots Catholic ‘sorry’ for abuse claims

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One of Scotland’s most senior Catholics has apologised amid claims of sexual and physical abuse by monks at former boarding schools in East Lothian and the Highlands,

Alleged victims who attended the Catholic Fort Augustus Abbey and Lothian feeder school Carlekemp claimed that they were molested and beaten by monks over a period of three decades from the 1950s.

Both schools are now closed.

Five men said on BBC documentary The Sins Of Our Fathers, screened last Monday, that they were raped or sexually abused by Father Aidan Duggan, an Australian monk who taught at Carlekemp and Fort Augustus between 1953 and 1974.

Fr Duggan died in 2004 but some abuse claims relate to men who are still alive. Police are investigating the allegations.

Hugh Gilbert, the Bishop of Aberdeen, spoke to parishioners today saying how sorry he is for the distress and hurt caused.