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Vatican confirms Cardinal O'Brien will leave Scotland

May 15, 2013

The Vatican has confirmed that Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned in February from his post as Archbishop of Edinburgh, Scotland, will leave that country “for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer, and penance.”

Cardinal O’Brien resigned after he was charged with sexual advances on young priests; he later admitted to improper conduct. The Vatican indicated that his decision to move away from Scotland at least temporarily had been made in consultation with Pope France. “Any decision regarding future arrangements for His Eminence shall be agreed with the Holy See,” the Vatican said.


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  • Posted by: chady - May. 16, 2013 5:43 AM ET USA

    We all need to learn humility and contriteness of heart. When we fail do we accept discipline to bring us into reconciliation with God or do we turn our back on God and walk away? We need courage to accept our failings and seek healing for those we have hurt. It is not our place to judge others who fail or how they fail. We need to pray for one another.