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Cardinal scandal 'blow to church'

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.

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'Sadness' as Cardinal faces Vatican over sex scandal

Church leaders said it was a "sad moment" following an admission from Britain's most senior Catholic cleric that his sexual conduct "had fallen beneath the standards" expected of him.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien will face a Vatican inquiry, though it is unlikely to be before a new Pope is chosen.

Three priests and a former priest accused the cleric of inappropriate behaviour dating back to the 1980s.

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.

– Cardinal Keith O'Brien

The cardinal, who stepped down from his post as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in the wake of the scandal, has asked for forgiveness.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien's temporary successor Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said it was a "sad moment" for the church.

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