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Sexual abuse victim wants an apology from the Pope

By Andrew Denholm of

ONE of the victims of sexual abuse at a residential home run by a Catholic order yesterday welcomed Jack McConnell’s apology - but insisted that only a full public inquiry would put his mind at rest.

Joseph Currie, 51, from Glasgow, also believes the Catholic Church has not gone far enough and wants an apology from the Pope.

Mr Currie, who attended Nazareth House in Aberdeen from 1961 to 1967, suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of a carer.

He was also physically beaten by nuns from the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of Nazareth, who ran the residential home.

"This apology is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough," he said.

"We want a full public inquiry into what went on at Nazareth House and elsewhere. Only then can we put this to rest and get on with our lives."

Mr Currie also said the Catholic Church had not gone far enough. "They gave a semi-apology, but we want an apology from the Pope," he added.


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