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Disgraced cardinal stalled investigation of abuse in Scotland

August 23, 2013

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who retired in February after reports of homosexual misconduct, derailed plans for an independent investigation of sex-abuse problems in the Catholic Church in Scotland, another Scottish prelate has revealed.

In a letter to The Tablet, Archbishop Mario Conti, the retired head of the Glasgow archdiocese, said that Cardinal O’Brien was the only Scottish bishop who opposed a proposal for an investigation of the Church’s response to sex-abuse complaints. The investigation proceeded in other Scottish until 2012, but ended when planners concluded that they could not provide useful statistics without the participation of the Edinburgh archdiocese.


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