Skip to comments.Cardinal Keith O'Brien Resigns as Archbishop [UK]
Posted on 02/25/2013 7:14:37 AM PST by marshmallow
Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.
It follows claims, which he contests, of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s.
In a statement, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh apologised to those he had offended for "failures" during his ministry.
The cardinal also confirmed he would not take part in the papal election.
This means Britain will be unrepresented in the election of a new pontiff. The Vatican confirmed the cardinal has stepped down from his post.
The Scottish Catholic Media Office said Pope Benedict had accepted the cardinal's resignation on 18 February, but the announcement of it has only just been made.
Cardinal O'Brien said in his statement he had already tendered his resignation as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, due to take effect when he turned 75 next month, but Pope Benedict "has now decided that my resignation will take effect today".
He said the pontiff would appoint someone to govern the archdiocese in his place until his successor is appointed.
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One more homosexual out of the priesthood.
The new Pope should institute lie detector tests or whatever means to ensure the eradication of these sodomites out of the priesthood. I know that sounds drastic but this is an evil that cannot be tolerated.
Go, B16! Weed them out.
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