The temporary head of the Catholic Church in Scotland has said tonight that Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation over his sexual conduct has "dealt a serious blow" to its credibility and moral authority. Cardinal O'Brien is to face a Vatican inquiry.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has told a congregation not to be 'defeatists' after Cardinal Keith O'Brien admitted his "sexual conduct fell below standards expected" during his time as a religious leader.
Archbishop Tartaglia said, "As for the Church’s mission in our country, yes our credibility and moral authority have been undermined. It will take time, perhaps a long time to recover these intangible but important realities.
"But we cannot be defeatist. The answer to this sad episode is not to throw in the towel.
"We need, rather, to renew our faithfulness to Jesus Christ and to go about our business humbly."
Cardinal Keith O'Brien's temporary successor has told a congregation there is little doubt the credibility and moral authority of the Catholic Church in Scotland has been "dealt a serious blow".
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who is the Archbishop of Glasgow and apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrew's and Edinburgh, broke the Church's silence over Cardinal O'Brien's behaviour at a pre-scheduled Lent Mass in Glasgow tonight, saying;
This is a sad moment for the Church in our country.
The events around Cardinal O'Brien, his resignation, his statement of yesterday, have left us all very sad for everyone involved and for the Church.
Many reproaches have been aimed at the Church and at individuals over this matter.
The most stinging charge which has been levelled against us in this matter is hypocrisy, and for obvious reasons.
I think there is little doubt that the credibility and moral authority of the Catholic Church in Scotland has been dealt a serious blow, and we will need to come to terms with that.
Cardinal O'Brien is to face a Vatican inquiry after admitting yesterday that his sexual conduct "had fallen beneath the standards" expected of him during his almost 50-year career.