Cardinal admits sexual conduct 'fell below standards'

The full statement from Cardinal Keith O'Brien:

In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have

become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me

to contest them.

However, 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.

To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness.

To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.

I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further

part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

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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.