Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland since 1985, admitted Sunday March 3, 2013 that he committed sexual misconduct and assures the public that he will not be attending the Conclave to elect the new Pope.
In a statement, he said, “I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.”
His acknowledgment of being guilty of the sexual misconduct follows the sexual accusation made by three priests and a former priest from diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, where the he is the Archbishop, against him. The complaints are already submitted to the office of Nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain, and are already forwarded to the Vatican before the Pope resigned.
The complaining priests revealed in their complaints that the Cardinal had sexual contact with them in different occasions.
- Statement from Cardinal Obrien http://www.scmo.org/articles/statement-from-cardinal-obrien.html
- Cardinal Keith O’Brien Accussed of Inappropriate Acts by Priests http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/23/cardinal-keith-o-brien-accused-inappropriate
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