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Cardinal O'Brien leaving Scotland for 'renewal' says Vatican

Disgraced archbishop admitted sexual conduct with priests

Cardinal O'Brien leaving Scotland for 'renewal' says Vatican

Rome, May 15 - Disgraced Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, the archbishop emeritus of Edinburgh, will leave Scotland for "a few months of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance" after he admitted to inappropriate sexual conduct with clergy, the Vatican said Wednesday. "For the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, (he) will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance," said a statement, which did not disclose his destination. O'Brien, 75, was forced to step down early by retired pope Benedict XVI just days before the start of the conclave that went on to elect Pope Francis. "Any decision regarding future arrangements for (O'Brien) shall be agreed with the Holy See," added the statement.

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