Ex-Cardinal to leave Scotland

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who resigned as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of "prayer and penance", the Vatican said.

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Cardinal O'Brien leaving Scotland for 'spiritual renewal'

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who admitted that his sexual conduct had "fallen beneath the standards" expected of him when he resigned, "will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance."

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who admitted that his sexual conduct had 'fallen beneath the standards.' Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Cardinal O'Brien resigned as the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland at the end of February.

Cardinal O'Brien to leave Scotland for 'penance'

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who resigned as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of "prayer and penance", the Vatican said.

A statement said O'Brien, who was Britain's most senior Catholic cleric until his resignation in February, would be leaving his country "for the same reasons" that he decided not to participate in the conclave that elected Pope Francis.

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