The top cardinal in the United Kingdom, Keith O'Brien, who’s been accused of “inappropriate” behavior with fellow clergy, is stepping down, effective immediately.
His resignation comes just as the Vatican was due to look into charges of “inappropriate behavior [he displayed] toward priests dating from the 1980s,” USA Today says.
Three priests and a former priest filed complaints to the Vatican, alleging Mr. O'Brien approached them in an inappropriate manner, The New York Daily News reports. Mr. O'Brien contests the allegations.
In a statement reported by USA Today, he said: “Approaching the age of 75 and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andres and Edinburgh to Pope Benedict XVI some months ago. I was happy to know that he accepted my resignation ‘nunc pro tunc’ [now, but to take effect later] on 12 November 2012.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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