Nuns are among 12 people who have been arrested over alleged historical abuse at an orphanage in Scotland, police have said.
Eleven women and one man – aged between 62 and 85 – have been held as part of an investigation into the Smyllum Park home in Lanark, Police Scotland said.
The orphanage was opened in 1864 and was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, a society for women within the Catholic Church.
Over the years it housed 11,600 children aged between one and 14 years old, including those who were blind or deaf-mute. It closed in 1981.
The bodies of at least 400 children were discovered in a mass grave just a three-minute drive away from the care home in 2003.
Former residents spoke about their experiences of the orphanage at Scotland’s child abuse inquiry earlier this year.
I feel it must be extreme fear aspect, of fundamentalist religion ,of what causes people to react bad, and cease to use their intelligence wisely ?
They are often well meaning people. Even many remaining within the exclusive brethren cult, are also well meaning people too?
Well meaning people may become party to terrible things, such as incomplete record keeping. Or to instances where sex abuses were swept under the carpet and covered up
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Recent revelations of sexual misconduct and cover-up within the highest ranks of the U.S. Catholic Church have revived the sense of betrayal that devastated the American church’s credibility after the first wave of scandal hit in 2002.
But the United States is by no means alone: Cases of Catholic priests raping and molesting children, and of bishops covering up for them, have erupted on nearly every continent in recent years, with Pope Francis’ native Latin America the latest to explode.
Francis is expected to address the issue head-on this weekend when he visits Ireland, the first country to come to grips with the problem in the 1990s.
A glance of where the global Catholic scandal has played out most visibly in recent years:
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Potential witness in Exclusive Brethren sex abuse case paid to remain silent
Like I said, well meaning people can do terrible things. As if they had ceased to be able to think so-clearly?