The general statement

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The story of abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey School and Carlekemp Preparatory School in Scotland has been widely reported in Scotland and also in England.  The Abbot President was asked by the BBC to appear on the programme first broadcast on 29 July 2013, and he agreed, on condition that he would be allowed to express his sorrow to any victims of abuse at Fort Augustus; a condition which the BBC honoured.

Fort Augustus Abbey School was closed in 1993, and Fort Augustus Abbey closed in 1999.  It is therefore not possible for a representative of Fort Augustus Abbey to communicate with those who have been abused.

We urge anyone with information to come forward and report it to the Police by phoning 101 or emailing fortaugustusabbeyenq@scotland.pnn.police.uk

All reports will be directed to the inquiry team and fully investigated. All inquiries will be dealt with in a sensitive manner by trained officers.

An Abuse Support Line run by Children 1ST has also been set up: 0800 345 7457 (Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, weekends noon-8pm). Trained volunteer call-takers can listen and provide practical advice, refer callers or forward information to police and direct callers to appropriate local services and agencies. Arrangements can also be made for on-going support through a schedule of calls.

To contact the Abbot President: president@benedictines.org.uk

Homily of Fr Richard Yeo

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Homily of Fr Richard Yeo, Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation
at Fort Augustus on Sunday 18 August, 20th Sunday of the Year.

Today’s Scripture readings are a bit odd.  In particular, in the Gospel, Jesus is talking about his role, and they are disturbing words: he says that he brings dissention, not peace.  I shall come back to those words in a few moments.

You know why I am here.  I am the Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, and I am as sad and shocked as you to hear about allegations against monks of Fort Augustus.

“Allegations” is a very formal word: it is a story of monks being accused of hurting some of the children entrusted to care, and hurting then in a most cruel way.

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