Bishop Gilbert apologised to victims
Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen has apologised on behalf of the Church for the abuse of children at a Catholic boarding school in the north of Scotland. This follows an earlier apology by the Benedictine order which previosuly ran the school.
Monks at Fort Augustus Abbey School allegedly abused children over a number of years.
The Bishop spoke of his horror and shame at the abuse and has already stated that the Church will cooperate fully with police who have confirmed they will be investigating the matter. He also spoke of having to acknowledge the sins and failures of the Church and committed to working hard to make sure it does not happen again. He invited people to pray for the victims.
A detailed report is currently being prepared by the Church which will detail historical cases of abuse dating back to the 1950’s. The report should be available sometime next year.