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Vatican still investigating charges against Scottish cardinal

April 29, 2013

The Vatican is still investigating charges of sexual misconduct that were lodged against Cardinal Keith O’Brien, and will not appoint any new bishops in Scotland until that investigation is concluded, according to one newspaper account.

While the Scotsman reports that the Vatican will “take no further action” against Cardinal O’Brien, a rival newspaper, Herald Scotland, reports that the Vatican is still looking into the accusations that the cardinal had improper relations with several seminarians.

The Herald says that Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has made it clear that no new episcopal appointments will be made in Scotland until the Vatican is satisfied that any serious problems in the Scottish hierarchy have been addressed, the paper reports.

Cardinal O’Brien stepped down in February from his post as Archbishop of Edinburgh, after he was accused of improper relations with several seminarians. He later admitted to some lapses in sexual conduct.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Apr. 29, 2013 8:33 PM ET USA