London, Mar. 9 (ANI): A former Roman Catholic Church’s adviser on child abuse has claimed that the church’s priests in Scotland were ‘out of control sexually’ under the leadership of the disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien.
Alan Draper has accused the Church leadership, of being ‘unwilling’ to expose supposedly celibate priests who were leading ‘double lives’ in the 1980s and 1990s.
Draper, a lecturer in ethics from Dundee University, was brought in to advise Scottish bishops on abuse allegations, but was removed after a disagreement, the Telegraph reports.
According to the report, he has disclosed that bishops were aware of 20 separate cases in the Church between 1985 and 1995.
He alleged that they were ‘reluctant’ to take matters further and rejected his call for independent experts to be brought in.
He is now calling for files relating to Catholic Church in Scotland to be handed over to judge led inquiry.
His comments came just days after the former head Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, once a fierce critic of homosexuality, left in disgrace after admitting to making sexual relations with young male priests, the report said.
Victims’ campaigners have called for the Cardinal’s handling of all allegations of abuse under his authority to be re-examined in light of his admissions, it added. (ANI)