Vatican orders Cardinal O’Brien to leave Scotland for prayer, penance Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland “for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance,” the Vatican said, reports the Catholic News Service.

Any decision about when the period will end or where the cardinal will live permanently will be made in agreement with the Vatican, said a statement released on May 15 by the Vatican press office.

The statement did not specifically mention Cardinal O’Brien’s sexual misconduct. Instead, it referred to “the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last conclave.”

Retired Pope Benedict XVI accepted Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation February 25 after the Observer, a British weekly national newspaper, carried a story detailing complaints of three priests and one former priest who alleged Cardinal O’Brien had made homosexual advances toward them.

The cardinal initially denied the allegations but said he would not be in Rome for the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict because he did not want media attention to be on him rather than on the process to elect a new pope.

Less than a week later, however, he issued a public apology for his actions. He said he initially denied the allegations because they were made anonymously.

But, in the March 3 statement, he said, “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.”

In early May, Cardinal O’Brien was photographed moving his belongings into a church-owned residence in Dunbar, on the North Sea coast about 30 miles from Edinburgh, where he had served as archbishop since 1985.


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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One Response to Vatican orders Cardinal O’Brien to leave Scotland for prayer, penance

  1. Yet Gracias went to the conclave after all the financial rot in the Archdiocese of Bombay ?????

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