Cardinal: O'Brien resignation circumstances 'very sad'

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has described the circumstances surrounding Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation as "very sad".

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said it was up to O'Brien's "own conscience" to step down.

He also highlighted that O'Brien has contested the allegations made against him.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor added, "There have been difficulties and scandals that must be addressed otherwise the image and message of the Church is affected".


Cardinal admits sex misconduct

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted his "sexual conduct fell below standards expected" during his time as a religious leader. The Cardinal, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned last Monday after claims of "inappropriate" behaviour.