Crime

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines' Buckfast: 'a delicious irony'

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines’ Buckfast: ‘a delicious irony’

Letter to the Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017: Peter Swindon’s report (Bloodshed, drunkenness and triumphalism: the Orange Order on the streets of Scotland, Eyewitness, July 2) on the Orange Order parades that took place over last weekend contains a statement to the effect that some march supporters were drinking Buckfast straight from the bottle as […]

Sexbots could increase objectification of women and children, warns Salvation Army

Sexbots could increase objectification of women and children, warns Salvation Army

Last week, a report about sex robots warned about the ‘dark side’ of the technology, which could involve issues of rape and paedophilia. And now The Salvation Army has had its say on the controversial sexbots. The charity claims that sex robots could ‘fuel demand for sex with people’, and even lead traffickers to exploit […]

Holyrood handed petition to scrap blasphemy laws

A new Holyrood bid to scrap Scotland’s centuries old laws on blasphemy has been launched amid fears the country is being left behind the rest of the UK and other European nations. A petition lodged with MSPs says the laws are “archaic and unfathomable” at a time when non-religious minorities face persecution around the world. […]

'Blame it on the Buckie' t-shirt

Buckfast monks should be stripped of charitable status over ‘dangerous’ tonic wine

Campaigners are calling for monks who make a controversial alcoholic drink to be stripped of their charitable status. The National Secular Society – which works to challenge religious privilege – says Buckfast Tonic Wine is dangerous. It is particularly popular in Scotland where it is known as ‘Buckie’ and been linked to 6,500 reports of antisocial behaviour […]

Watch CCTV footage released after church is robbed twice in two days

A Barrhead church has released a video of the shocking moment two burglars attempt to prise open its front doors. St John’s Church on Aurs Road is sharing the images in an attempt to aid Police Scotland in its investigations. The images of men who may be able to assist police have been posted on […]

St Bridget’s Kirk, Dalgety

‘Nationally important’ church spray-painted by vandals

A 12th century church has been targeted by vandals. St Bridget’s Kirk, Dalgety, was spray painted in the latest attack, as a national heritage charity has called residents to help protect the nationally-important monument. Historic Environment Scotland said there have been a number of reported incidents. Richard Aitken, of Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Mindless vandalism […]

Cambuslang priest set to return after being cleared by church probe into sex allegation

Cambuslang priest set to return after being cleared by church probe into sex allegation

Parishioners at St Bride’s in Cambuslang have expressed their delight at the possible return to the parish of Father Paul Morton. The Catholic Church confirmed last week it had completed its investigation into an allegation of historic sex abuse made against the priest. Father Morton was cleared by the police in April this year after […]

Shamed preacher Walter Masocha who sexually assaulted members of Scots church returns to fold

A shamed preacher who sexually assaulted members of his flock is back in the fold at the church he helped create. Self-styled “prophet” Walter Masocha dodged a jail term earlier this year for groping a deaconess and molesting a schoolgirl. Zimbabwe-born Masocha carried out the attacks while leading the Agape for All Nations church. After […]

Walter Masocha

Pervert preacher Walter Masocha walks free after being convicted of sex attacks on deaconess and schoolgirl

A pervert pastor who groped a deaconess and molested a schoolgirl has dodged a jail term. Victims’ relatives reacted with fury outside court yesterday after cult leader Walter Masocha escaped with community service and only a year on the sex offenders’ register. Angry former followers hurled abuse at the self-styled Prophet, with one victim’s mother […]

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CCPAS backs survivor groups and calls for churches to be included in Scottish child abuse inquiry

The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) today called on the Scottish National Inquiry into Historic Child Abuse to include within its remit abuse which involved churches. CCPAS is lending its voice to the growing chorus of concern, being voiced by many survivors of abuse, that churches are being “let off the hook” in this […]

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