Cardinal Keith O'Brien the leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland, has resigned.
Cardinal O'Brien's resignation comes days after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Cardinal O'Brien has denied the accusations, which do not appear to involve minors. The Pope has accepted his resignation, effective February 25.
Cardinal O'Brien has indicated that he will not participate in the upcoming Conclave to elect a new pope.
A CNA/EWTN article describing Cardinal O'Brien's resignation says in part:
Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 25, 2013 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave.
“Approaching the age of seventy-five and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andrews 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 13 November 2012,” Cardinal O’Brien said in a Feb. 25 statement.
The Pope decided on Feb. 18 that he would accept his resignation effective Feb. 25.
The cardinal recently became the focus of allegations by three priests and a former clergyman who say they received inappropriate sexual advances from him during the 1980s. (Read the rest here.)