A former parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Glasgow has been charged with raping two women over a period of four years.
It’s a crime that the Church says it has not yet been able to prosecute.
The charges stem from a series of sexual assaults on three girls in Glasgow in 2014.
Two of the victims have died.
The third girl has since died.
She was allegedly abused at a youth centre run by a priest.
One of the women has been cleared of the allegations.
“These allegations are currently under investigation by the Scotland Yard, and if and when those investigations are completed we will be able to make further statements,” a spokesperson for Scotland Yard said in a statement to CBC News.
The allegations first came to light in February 2015, when a 15-year-old girl went to the Holy Trinity Youth Centre to get a massage.
The alleged victim told her parents she was raped by two men who approached her and made her strip naked and lie down on the floor.
She told police that she had no memory of the attack, but was able to give an account of what happened after she was taken to the police station.
The girl has now told police she was sexually assaulted in her home, at a Catholic school, at an Irish youth home and at a church.
“This is a tragedy for me and my family, and I’m hoping the public will understand that we will not tolerate such crimes in our Catholic community,” the girl’s mother, Marie, told CBC News in a written statement.
“It’s so upsetting to have to talk about it again and again, but my daughter’s been so brave and courageous, and she wants to tell the truth.”
The church, which has been in the spotlight since the alleged sexual assaults, has issued a statement condemning the “unacceptable behaviour.”
“This is an isolated incident which occurred over a short period of time and is now under investigation, and we are very concerned for the safety of the girls and the wider community at this time,” the statement said.
It said the church would work with the police to ensure “all necessary measures” are taken to prevent similar incidents.
The case has also caused a huge controversy in the Catholic Church.
In January, Cardinal Sean Brady, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said the allegations against the priest are “a serious matter.”
“It is an appalling crime, a grave crime, and one that has no place in our community,” he said.
The Holy Trinity Church in Edinburgh is the oldest Catholic school in Scotland, dating back to 1742.
The church is also the home of the Bishop of Glasgow and of the Diocese of Edinburgh.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow said the charges against its leader were being investigated by the church and were being taken into account by the police investigation.
The Bishop of Edinburgh said he was aware of the charges and the situation was being taken “very seriously.”
“As soon as I learnt of the allegation against the Archbishop, I took a call from the police,” said the Archdiocesan spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Bishop said that the church has a long history of supporting victims of sexual assault and that the case was being treated as “a matter of priority.” “
We have also had a number of complaints from members of the public about this issue.”
The Bishop said that the church has a long history of supporting victims of sexual assault and that the case was being treated as “a matter of priority.”
“I know that the allegations are serious and the investigation is ongoing,” the Bishop said.
I want to stress that our community and our clergy, both in Scotland and in Ireland, have a duty and obligation to act with the utmost sensitivity and dignity in dealing with matters of sexual abuse. “
I am deeply saddened that this matter has taken this long to be investigated.
“As I have said, I take this matter very seriously, and are fully committed to the work of safeguarding victims and their families in this way.” “
The priest, who is now a bishop, is expected to appear in court on February 14. “
As I have said, I take this matter very seriously, and are fully committed to the work of safeguarding victims and their families in this way.”
The priest, who is now a bishop, is expected to appear in court on February 14.
He is scheduled to give evidence in front of a judge in the Old Bailey.
“At this stage, the only evidence I am willing to give is that I had a consensual relationship with a person,” the priest said.
He declined to elaborate further, and said he would not be speaking to the media.