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Vatican to investigate Cardinal O'Brien

The Vatican will hold for a formal inquiry into Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned in February following allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a report by The Observer published in Ucanews.

An apostolic visitation, a high-level inspection in which the "visitator" is given authority directly by the pope, will take place in the diocese, which has been accused of having had a "gay mafia" during the cardinal's tenure.

News of the apostolic visitation came via the papal nuncio, Antonio Mennini, in a meeting with one of the complainants, a former priest known as "Lenny" who accused the cardinal of making sexual advances to him when he was a seminarian.

"The archbishop told me the holy see had decided there would be an investigation into all of the allegations. Anyone affected would be able to give evidence. If it is judged that there is sufficient evidence, then it would go to another, deeper process in Rome," said Lenny.

FULL STORY Vatican to formally investigate Cardinal O'Brien (Ucanews)