Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien is facing the possibility of further disciplinary action being taken against him by the Holy See, reports The Tablet.
Yesterday his successor as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, was due to arrive in Rome for a five-day visit, during which he was expected to discuss the issue.
Cardinal O’Brien stepped down about a year ago after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him by five men, four of them priests. Last May the Vatican ordered him to spend time in prayer and penance outside of Scotland and Archbishop Cushley has said publicly that he should not return.
According to his spokesman, Archbishop Cushley has 'listened to the parties concerned and will transmit any information provided to him to the Holy See,' adding that he will 'assist in any way he can in order to help bring a just and equitable conclusion to the matter for all involved.'
He pointed out, however, that any decision on whether further action should be taken rests with Pope Francis. It is possible that the Pope could revoke O’Brien’s status as a cardinal. In 1927 Pope Pius XI accepted Cardinal Louis Billot’s resignation from the College of Cardinals, following a dispute with the Pope over Billot’s support for the far-right movement, Action Française.
It is understood that those who made the allegations against Cardinal O’Brien want a Church investigation into what happened.
Cardinal O’Brien is still living in England.
FULL STORY Cardinal O’Brien faces prospect of further action against him by Vatican (The Tablet)