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Vatican names O'Brien replacement after Scottish sex scandal

The Vatican on Wednesday nominated a successor to cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned as the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February following allegations of sexual misconduct. "The Holy Father has named as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh Monsignor Leo Cushley," who is currently based in Rome as the head of the English language section of the Secretariat of State, the Vatican said in a statement. The 52-year-old Scot will be expected to help the Catholic Church draw a line under the embarrassing O'Brien affair.

Sex scandal a 'serious blow' to Scottish church: Archbishop

The resignation of Britain's top Catholic cleric over claims of sexual misconduct has dealt the Scottish church a "serious blow", his replacement admitted on Monday. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, admitted on Sunday that his sexual conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who has temporarily taken over O'Brien's role as administrator of the Archdiocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews, on Monday told an evening mass that it was "a sad moment for the church in our country.

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.

URGENT ¥¥¥ British cardinal admits sexual misconduct

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric on Sunday admitted sexual misconduct and offered his apologies to the Church and the people of Scotland. A statement released by Cardinal Keith O'Brien read: "I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal. "To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness," he added. "To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise." jwp/mfp

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".

Pope told of alleged 'inappropriate acts' by top UK Catholic

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