Catholic church calls in ex-moderator

November 25, 2013 3:09 AM

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Catholic church calls in ex-moderator

A former moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly has been asked by the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to look at its safeguarding procedures.

The external review to be carried out by Andrew McLellan follows a series of scandals in the church.

As well as being a Church of Scotland minister, Mr McLellan is a former chief inspector of prisons for Scotland.

The former leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, stepped down earlier this year after admitting sexual misconduct.

Police have been investigating the allegations of serious physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus school and its associated prep school, Carlekemp.

Mr McLellan confirmed to the BBC that he will be leading a review into the church's procedures and said he was honoured to do so.

He dismissed suggestions that the audit will not be rigorous, and said his first responsibility was to those young people who have been abused.


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