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Pope orders investigation into misconduct in O’Brien’s diocese

10 April 2014 | by Brian Morton | Comments: 0

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, writes Brian Morton. The Vatican has appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna, who has a reputation for forensically investigating clerical sexual abuse cases, in what is the first inquiry of its kind into any Scottish diocese. In February last year, Cardinal O’Brien resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by five men, four of them priests. The cardinal admitted that his sexual conduct had fallen below the expected standards and he was later ordered by the Vatican to undergo a period of prayer and penance. Since then he has been living outside of the archdiocese.  The investigation b ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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