Pope accepts Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation as archbishop
Pope Benedict XVI this morning accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh.
The cardinal (above) had sent his resignation to the Vatican last year ahead of his 75th birthday next month, due to ill health.
The cardinal will no longer travel to the Vatican to take part in the conclave to elect the next Pope after Pope Benedict steps down on Thursday.
Over the weekend it emerged allegations of ‘inappropriate conduct’ had been made against the cardinal by clergy and a former member of the clergy and the Vatican were investigating them. He is contesting the allegations and seeking legal advice.
“I will not join them for this Conclave in person,” Cardinal O’Brien said. “I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me— but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his Successor. However, I will pray with them and for them that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will make the correct choice for the future good of the Church.”