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British cardinal apologises for sexual conduct

Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after claims of sexual impropriety, admitted Sunday that his conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". In a statement, O'Brien also apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of Scotland." O'Brien resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests.

UPDATE 2-Britain's top Catholic cleric resigns, won't elect new pope

(Adds background on allegations) By Michael Holden LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned on Monday following allegations he behaved in an inappropriate way with priests, and said he would not take part in the election of Pope Benedict's replacement. Cardinal Keith O'Brien said he had tendered his resignation some months ago, ahead of his 75th birthday in March and because he was suffering from "indifferent health".

Britain's top Catholic in 'inappropriate acts' row: report

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who is due to vote on Pope Benedict XVI's successor, has been reported to the Vatican over claims of inappropriate behaviour, the Observer reported on Sunday. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, contests allegations by three priests and a former priest which were sent to Rome a week before Pope Benedict's resignation on February 11.
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