Bishop’s apology for school abuse

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One of Scotland’s most senior Catholics has apologised to pupils amid claims of sexual and physical abuse by monks at a former boarding school in the Highlands.

Alleged victims who attended the Catholic Fort Augustus Abbey school told a BBC Scotland investigation they were molested and beaten by monks over a period of three decades from the 1950s.

Hugh Gilbert, the Bishop of Aberdeen, said mass at Fort Augustus church and addressed the issue in his homily. He said: “We are anxious that there be a thorough police investigation into all this. And, that all that can be done should be done for the victims.”