Part 2 - Findings

The Report

A Review of the Current Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Practice within the Catholic Church in Scotland

The McLellan Commission published its Report on 18th August and has made eight key recommendations to Scotland's Catholic Bishops to improve the current standards of safeguarding within the Catholic Church.

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Part 2 - Findings

Introduction

2.i When Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI addressed the Bishops of Ireland on the topic of clerical abuse in 2006, he said:

The wounds caused by such acts run deep, and it is an urgent task to rebuild confidence and trust where these have been damaged. In your continuing efforts to deal effectively with this problem, it is important to establish the truth of what happened in the past, to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again, to ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected and, above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes.

2.ii These words provide not only a standard for the Catholic Church, but also for the structure of this Report. The main findings are divided into four sections which use the headings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI quoted above:

  • To establish the truth of what happened in the past.
  • To take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again.
  • To ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected.
  • Above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes.

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