U.K. Cardinal Resigns as Archbishop, Won’t Attend Conclave

Britain’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien to Skip Papal Election

The United Kingdom’s top cardinal, Keith O’Brien, is to step down as an archbishop, effective immediately, according to a statement published on the website of the Scottish Catholic news office. Cardinal O’Brien, who is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the U.K.’s most senior Roman Catholic, also says he is choosing not to take part in the election of the next pope next month to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, a process known as the “conclave.’ He said in a statement that he will not attend.” By Kim Hjelmgaard and Cathy Lynn Grosman, USA TODAY

Top British Cardinal Faces Accusation of Committing ‘Inappropriate Acts’

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has been accused of committing “inappropriate acts” in his relations with three priests and one former priest, the newspaper The Observer reported Sunday. The accusations, which date back to the 1980s, have been forwarded to the Vatican.” By John F. Burns, The New York Times

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  1. #1 by Sarah Murphy Doganieri on February 25, 2013 - 3:18 PM

    addendum: Jesus has sent us His Spirit (the teacher) to lead us to the truth. Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of the faithful and renew the Vatican. Pope John XXIII intercede for us. When you were here……so many returned to the church. We need a renewal like yours again. Only the Spirit can renew our church. Open the doors again and let the Spirt blow where he/she will.

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  2. #2 by Sarah Murphy Doganieri on February 25, 2013 - 3:12 PM

    I certainly don’t know this Cardinal personally but I can’t help but wonder if he is being nailed to the cross for suggesting that priests should be allowed to marry. Let go Vatican and let Jesus Christ run the church.

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