Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/8/2014 (3 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Case is only the second time a cardinal has been accused of sexual misconduct

The Vatican is sending its former sex crimes prosecutor, Bishop Charles Scicluna to investigate allegations against a former archbishop accused of inappropriate conduct with priests. Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned last year after admitting to sexual misdeeds.

Once Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned as the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013.

Once Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned as the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/8/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Bishop Charles Scicluna, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, sex scandal, Scotland


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Charles Scicluna will go to Scotland to report on the situation.

Once Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, O'Brien resigned as the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013. He also recused himself from the conclave that elected Francis as pope last year after priests alleged in British newspaper reports that he acted inappropriately toward them.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- Learn how you can help!

The priests said that they had complained to church authorities about O'Brien's conduct -- but that the church had failed to respond. None of the men are believed to have been underage at the time of the misconduct.

O'Brien initially denied the allegations. He eventually admitted that his sexual conduct had "fallen below the standards expected" of a priest, archbishop and cardinal. He tendered an apology and vowed to play no further role in the public life of the Scottish church.

The Vatican had ordered O'Brien to leave Scotland for a period of prayer and atonement. The Vatican had never confirmed it was investigating the allegations until the National Catholic Reporter reported Scicluna's visit.

The matter is unusual given O'Brien's rank as a cardinal. It's only the second known time that a cardinal has been investigated by the Holy See for sexual misconduct. The first time was when the then-archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Groer, was forced to resign in 1995 over claims he molested youths in a monastery in the 1970s.

The current archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushly, urged any current or former priest to come forward and speak with Scicluna, urging them to be unafraid, saying they could speak confidentially or in writing if they preferred.

Scicluna was for a decade the Vatican's chief sex crimes prosecutor, largely credited with cracking down on pedophile priests and turning around the church's in-house procedures to prosecute them under canon law. Named an auxiliary bishop to Malta in 2012, he has remained active in his area of expertise, Scicluna recently represented the Holy See before a U.N. human rights committee evaluating the Vatican's record on sex abuse.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Europe

Meriam Ibraham is Free! The Living God Has Heard the Cry of His People! Jesus Christ is Lord! Watch

Image of Meriam receives the blessing and the gratitude of the successor of Peter, Francis.- What should be front and center in every Christian news report on this remarkable story is that God intervened on behalf of Meriam and her family. The God whom we profess is real and His power is greater than any regime or any form of opposition. Yes, He used men and women, and even government leaders, to accomplish His deliverance. He often does. But it was His Love and Mercy which broke the shackles of evil. He deserves all the praise.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The photo of Pope Francis blessing Meriam Ibrahim and her little daughter Maya in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, July 24, 2014, reciving a blessing from a smiling Pope Francis, made millions of hearts leap for joy. The God of love answers the prayers of His ... continue reading


HORRIFIC ABUSE: 18-year-old girl coerced into group sex while being recorded on cell phone Watch

Image of The incident is being called an example of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An 18-year-old girl performed explicit sex acts on 24 men on a dance floor with the promise of a holiday - which never arrived. Presented with a mixed drink for her acts of indecency, the sordid episode was recorded on a cell phone camera - for the world to ... continue reading


Female genital mutilation threatens young females in England, Wales Watch

Image of The Department of Health has ordered hospitals to report signs of genital mutilation. The first statistics aren't due until September.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Far away from Africa and parts of Asia, girls and young women are still at risk for female genital mutilation, or FGM within the United Kingdom. The barbaric practice, FGM, is still carried out among various immigrant females in both Great Britain and Wales. ... continue reading


Putin vs. the World: One plane crash may spell the end for Russian president's ambitious plan of conquest Watch

Image of Russian backed separatists stand around wreckage from the downed Malaysian Airlines plane.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

World opinion continues to oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine being the most notable and recent example of Russian interference in Ukraine. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Time and evidence ... continue reading


Prophetic Pope Does It Again: Words to an Economic Conference Make Waves Watch

Image of Pope Francis is absolutely correct. It is not

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

On July 12, 2014, this prophetic Pope made waves again. He addressed participants in an international conference entitled - The Global Common Good: Towards A More Inclusive Economy. The conference was convened in Rome and sponsored by the Pontifical Council for ... continue reading


Sting nabs 600 pedos across UK, Scotland, Northen Ireland Watch

Image of Heightened awareness of child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom came in the wake of shocking revelations of predatory sexual behavior by late TV host Jimmy Savile.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An Internet sting operation targeting pedophiles has led to the arrest of 660 individuals in the United Kingdom. Among those arrested were teachers, doctors, scout leaders, social care workers and former police officers. The six-month investigation was ... continue reading


MYSTERIOUS BISHOP: Father of British science to be honored Watch

Image of Bishop Robert Grosseteste was one of England's foremost scientific scholars, back in the 13th century.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A theologian from Bishop Grosseteste University in the city of Lincoln has called for the erection of a statue of Bishop Robert Grosseteste, the medieval thinker, in his home city of Lincoln. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. Jack Cunningham said that a ... continue reading


Faithful at Istanbul church rattled after Muslim attack Watch

Image of The attacks reopened psychological wounds in light of fatal attacks on Catholics and other Christians in Turkey. Members of the Christian minority here fear that things will only get worse.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The faithful at Saint Stephanos Church in Istanbul, Turkey are feeling rattled after an attack was carried out there by Muslims. Attackers verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service. Muslims have also destroyed church property in the last ... continue reading


Where does the Vatican store its gold? Mostly in the U.S. it turns out Watch

Image of A new report from the Vatican bank details just where the wealth of the Catholic Church is actually stored.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Vatican Bank-formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion-has released a 107-page, detailed financial report for 2013. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This release comes just one week after the group published highlights of its 2013 financial ... continue reading


Church of England rejects Christian tradition and votes to allow women bishops Watch

Image of Church leaders have billed the new proposals as part of a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the Archbishop of York asked for the result to be met "with restraint and sensitivity," there were cheers among many Anglicans and Episcopalians when the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history.The vote ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Corinthians 4:7-15
7 But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1 [Song of Ascents] When Yahweh brought back Zion's ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:20-28
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came with her ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 25th, 2014 Image

St. James the Greater
July 25: For James there was no indication that this was the day that his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter