Former Kirk moderator hits out over “astonishing” delay in abuse response from Catholic Church

Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan

Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan

The Catholic Church has been accused of failing to establish contact with victims of historic child abuse as it pledged to do in response to an independent review.

The Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan, a former Church of Scotland moderator who carried out an independent external review of child protection and safeguarding policies within the Catholic Church, said it was “astonishing” no contact had been made with victims’ groups.

When The McLellan Commission report was delivered in 2015, the Catholic Church pledged to implement all of its findings. These included a pledge that “justice must be done and justice must be seen to be done for those who have been abused and for those against whom allegations of abuse are made”.

However, a spokesperson for the Catholic Church insisted “interaction with survivors continues” and contact by its very nature was confidential.

• Full story at The Herald.

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