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Cardinal O’Brien admits sexual misconduct

Cardinal Keith O'Brien issued his statement over the weekend Scott Campbell/AP/Press Association Images

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has admitted to sexual misconduct as he stated that he would play no further role in the Church.

In a statement made yesterday afternoon the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh confessed that his “sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected” and asked for forgiveness from those he had “offended”, the people of Scotland and the entire Catholic Church.

Some of the details of the alleged “inappropriate” behaviour, against three priests and one former priest, have emerged, with the accusations including attempting to touch and kiss the men.

One of the accusers also claimed that he had been warned not to go public and that the Church wanted to “crush” him.

Cardinal O’Brien said he would now withdraw completely from public life. Cardinal O’Brien was the most outspoken opponent of plans to redefine marriage in Scotland and England. He will not take part in the forthcoming papal conclave.