(Edinburgh), the Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who had to give up because of a sex scandal to participate in the conclave is, again, "back", as British media reported.
Cardinal O'Brien was a resolute defender of the non-negotiable values under Pope Benedict XVI. A few days after Pope Benedict XVI. had announced his resignation from office, the cardinal had called with a glance at the next pope for a "rethinking" of celibacy. In the Catholic Church, we already have "once" married priests, said the Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. The address reached some priests and former seminarians on the scene, who accused the cardinal of improper behavior and sexual advances. Then things went fast.
Retirement and Renunciation of Council Participation
The Cardinal had to forgo participation in the conclave, and to his archbishopric. [But +++Mahony didn't.] In April, the Vatican's top lawyer and former Auxiliary Bishop of Malta, Monsignor Charles Scicluna had been appointed to investigate the allegations. Even before Scicluna had submitted his final report, the Press Office of the Holy See published in May 2013 a declaration that the Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus of St. Andrews and Edinburgh "for the same reasons why he decided not to participate in the recent conclave, in consultation with the Holy Father, will leave Scotland in a few days to spend some months in prayer and penance and spiritual renewal. Any decision on the further determination of the Cardinal is made in accordance with the Holy See ".
Cardinal O'Brien's Retirement Home in Ellington on the North Sea Coast
The time of "spiritual renewal, prayer and penance seems to be over," said Infovaticana. Like The Scottish Daily Record reported on July 16, the Archdiocese of Edinburgh, he has purchased a home in Ellington on the North Sea coast of England, Northumberland for 208,750 pounds. Cardinal O'Brien has lived there since last January.
The Cardinal was not ready for comment to the media. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Edinburgh said that the property has been provided to the Cardinal for retirement, but is owned by the diocese. The residence of the cardinal "is in accordance with the agreement between him and the Holy See". The details of the purchase act is publicly available to the competent authority. "The purchase price was in line with costs for other purchases for retired clergy," the spokesman said.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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