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Scottish bishops’ secret sex abuse file handed over to police

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Former adviser hits back at Catholic church’s ‘pious words’ on scandal

Catherine Deveney

The Observer, Saturday 23 November 2013 23.37 GMT

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Archbishop Leo Cushley: “sympathises, but unable to assist” over abuse claims Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

A confidential file of letters from Scottish bishops detailing more than 20 secret abuse cases has been handed to police by a former safeguarding adviser to the Catholic church.

The intervention by Alan Draper, a former adviser to the Motherwell diocese, comes as the church attempts to draw a line under unfolding sex-abuse scandals by announcing a series of measures to be read at all masses this weekend on behalf of the Scottish bishops. However, describing the initiatives as a “charade”, Draper says it is time for criminal investigations and an independent Scottish government inquiry into sexual abuse in the church.

The letters, dating back to…

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