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Scottish Cardinal O’Brien Accused Of Gay Advances Ahead Of Papal Conclave

Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien

Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

The claims of scandal are growing louder throughout the Roman Catholic Church ahead of the final days of Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, 74, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, has been reported to the Vatican by four men, three of whom are currently priests and one is a retired priest. Cardinal O’Brien is vehemently anti-gay, and it is alleged that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with several priests.

A spokesman for the archdiocese stated that “Cardinal O’Brien contests these claims and is taking legal advice.”

The four men have called for Cardinal O’Brien’s immediate resignation, and they have said that they wanted the conclave to choose Pope Benedict’s successor to be free of taint. According to the complaints, Cardinal O’Brien made an inappropriate advance to one of the men after nightly prayers, and another claimed of unwanted behavior by the cardinal after a late-night drinking session.

Cardinal O’Brien is not the only one under immense pressure ahead of the conclave. Several US and Irish cardinals have been pressured to not attend the conclave over their handling of child sex abuse cases.

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