Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Scottish archbishop, Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns

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Rome, February 25 - Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the
United Kingdom's most senior Catholic cleric, resigned after
accusations of "inappropriate behavior" toward other priests in
the 1980s, the BBC reported on Monday.
O'Brien is stepping down from his post as Archbishop of St
Andrews and Edinburgh.
Three priests and a former priest from the Scottish diocese
complained earlier this month to the pope's UK representative
Nuncio Antonio Mennini for what they claimed was the cardinal's
inappropriate behavior toward them in the 1980s, the Observer
newspaper reported.
Outgoing pope Benedict XVI is expected to accept the
resignation, according to the BBC.
The resignation throws the Church of Scotland into crisis
and strikes a heavy blow to the Church as a whole, as the
Vatican battles for its reputation amidst reports of internal
corruption, mismanagement and allegations of covering up for
pedophile priests in other parts of the world.
O'Brien, who was to be Britain's only representative in the
upcoming conclave, is not longer expected to take part in the
election of Benedict's successor.
O'Brien had been planning to retire after the selection of
the new pope.

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