Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cardinal O’Brien : Catholic Church in Scotland has been badly damaged over Allegations

THE Catholic Church in Scotland has been badly damaged over allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” by Cardinal Keith O’Brien towards priests, according to the former leader of the Church in England and Wales.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the retired arch-bishop of Westminster, said yesterday that “what has happened will for him and for the Church in Scotland have been very damaging”.

His comments came on the day Cardinal O’Brien had been expected to fly to Rome to take part in the conclave to elect a new pope, but instead remained at his home in Edinburgh.

Cardinal O’Brien’s decision to stay in Scotland was triggered by the Pope’s immediate acceptance of his resignation following accusations that he made “inappropriate” approaches to four priests during the 1980s.

UNITED KINGDOM

Scotsman

By STEPHEN MCGINTY

Published on Wednesday 27 February 2013