The leader of Scotland’s Catholics alerted police after he was bombarded with threatening phone calls, the Daily Record can reveal.
Officers bugged Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s home phone to identify the man behind a string of abusive and blasphemous rants.
And when they traced the culprit, the Cardinal was forced to make an extraordinary apology to another man he had wrongly accused of making the calls.
O’Brien wrote to the innocent man, who had called him several times in the past, and told him: “I apologise for any hurt which you or your family may have sustained through these false allegations.”
A spokesman for the Cardinal said: “Cardinal O’Brien received abusive calls earlier this year. He alerted the police and wrote to Peter Campbell inquiring as to whether he was responsible and asking him to desist if he was.
“He took this step because Mr Campbell has a history of making frequent unsolicited calls to the Cardinal.
“It now seems that another caller made the calls in question.”
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