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Scottish archbishop acknowledges 'distressing times' for Edinburgh archdiocese

Catholic World News - February 28, 2013

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who was named on February 27 as the apostolic administrator of the Edinburgh archdiocese, has acknowledged that the Scottish Church is facing unusual problems after the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien.

"You have lost your Cardinal archbishop in the most difficult of circumstances,” Archbishop Tartaglia said in a message to the faithful of Edinburgh. Cardinal O’Brien stepped down amid charges of homosexual conduct; he has “contested” but not denied the charges.

"These are painful and distressing times for this venerable archdiocese,” said Archbishop Tartaglia. The archbishop, who already heads the Glasgow archdiocese, will exercise oversight for the Edinburgh archdiocese until a new archbishop is appointed there. He promised to do his best to govern the archdiocese, and thanked the faithful for their loyal support.

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