Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien following a meeting between the two.
Cardinal O'Brien, who has been living a strictly private life since resigning in 2013 following allegations of sexual misconduct, will continue to live outside Scotland.
Archbishop Leo Cushley, successor to Cardinal O'Brien as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has said: “I am confident...that the decision of the Holy Father is fair, equitable and proportionate.”The Archbishop went on to say he believed ‘Cardinal O’Brien’s behaviour distressed many, demoralised faithful Catholics and made the Church less credible to those who are not Catholic’.’“I therefore acknowledge and welcome his apology to those affected by his behaviour and also to the people of Scotland, especially the Catholic community,” he said. “For my own part, I would like to express sorrow and regret to those most distressed by the actions of my predecessor. I also pay tribute to those who had the courage to come forward to speak to Archbishop Scicluna. I hope now that all of us affected by this sad and regrettable episode will embrace a spirit of forgiveness, the only spirit that can heal any bitterness and hurt that still remains.”
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