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July 28, 2013

A priest claims while he’s being forced from the church for repeatedly reporting sexual assault from a senior cleric, the cleric is being protected

Another priest has revealed details of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church, claiming he’s being punished for coming forward.

A priest who is being called Father Michael, as he wishes to remain anonymous, claims he is being kicked out of the church for reporting Father Paul Moore to the police in 1997 for sexual assault.

The church has no comment ‘due to the complex legal situation, criminal, civil and canonical’.

‘I woke to find Moore fondling me under the bedclothes,’ said Father Michael.

May 15, 2013

Roman Catholic Church confirms the disgraced former archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh will leave Scotland for 'prayer and penance'

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is being ordered to leave Scotland for several months and atone for his sexual misconduct with his male priests.

The Vatican has confirmed he will be leaving the country for several months ‘for the purpose of spiritual, prayer and penance’.

In a statement from the Catholic Church, senior colleagues at the Vatican will decide his future.

April 29, 2013

Catholic Church reportedly believe an investigation is no longer warranted as the cardinal has apologized for his behavior

The Vatican will not take any further action against Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who has admitted to ‘sexual misconduct’ with four priests.

After the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh stepped down in February, there is no active investigation by the Catholic Church.

Senior figures in the Vatican do not believe a formal investigation is warranted as O’Brien has already admitted and apologized for his behavior, according to the Scotland on Sunday.

Last March, O’Brien admitted the claims and apologized.

March 21, 2013

Priests victim of sexual misconduct by the former leader of Scotland's Catholic Church allegedly came forward due to becoming exasperated with the Cardinal's anti-gay remarks

Cardinal Keith O’Brien had a long-standing sexual relationship with a man while he was the leader of Scotland’s Catholic Church.

The man, who left the priesthood in the middle of the last decade, confessed to the relationship after complaints of sexual misconduct from other priests had been revealed.

March 17, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien accused of attempting to grope a priest during a Rome drinking party, while serving as Cardinal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is alleged to have attempted to grope a priest in Rome on the night of a drinks party celebrating him becoming a ‘prince of the Church’ in October 2003.

The party where O’Brien allegedly tried to grope a man was attended by a noteable bishops and dignitaries.

This is the first direct allegation against the Cardinal and sexual misconduct at the heart of the Catholic Church.

January 7, 2013

Glasgow's Catholic Emeritus Archibishop slams Scottish government for planning to legalize gay marriage which he says is 'morally defective'

One of the country's top Catholic clerics has claimed same-sex relationships are ‘morally defective.’

Mario Conti, Archibishop Emeritus of Glasgow also attacked the Scottish Government for the ‘profoundly unwise’ decision to ‘equate homosexual unions with heterosexual marriage’ by legalising marriage equality.

August 26, 2012

Catholic priests are reading out a letter condemning marriage equality and attacking Scotland's government

Catholic priests will be reading out a letter attacking government plans to legalize gay marriage today (26 August).

Firing off their major weapon in its ‘war’ against marriage equality, the Catholic Church has produced the letter to be read out in each of Scotland’s parishes in celebration of ‘National Marriage Sunday’.

The letter states their ‘deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine marriage and legislate for same sex marriage.’

July 25, 2012

The new Archbishop elect of Glasgow suggests the premature death of a Labour Member of Parliament was due to his sexuality

The new Archbishop-elect of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia, an outspoken critic of marriage equality, has linked a gay Catholic Member of Parliament's early death to being gay.

Tartaglia previously attacked the Scottish government’s and Westminster proposals to legalise gay marriage, but now it's emerged he linked the Labour MP’s death to his sexuality.

David Cairns MP, a former Catholic priest and member of the Scottish Labour Party, died in May 2010 from acute pancreatitis at the age of 44.