Vatican sends top investigator to examine Cardinal O'Brien

Disgraced Cardinal investigated

A top Vatican investigator has been appointed to examine claims of sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, where Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned amid scandal last year, reports The Tablet.

Bishop Charles Scicluna, who has a reputation for forensic investigations into sexual abuse, has been asked to listen to and report the testimony of past and present clergy in the Archdiocese.

Cardinal O’Brien resigned last February after being accused of sexual misconduct by five men, four of them priests. He later admitted that his sexual conduct had fallen short of that expected of priest, archbishop and cardinal. Since then he has been ordered to undergo a period of prayer and penance and is living outside of the Archdiocese.

The Cardinal’s successor, Archbishop Leo Cushley, has conducted his own informal inquiries into the allegations and in February travelled to Rome to give his view.

The investigation was announced by the Archbishop in two letters to his clergy on Tuesday; these letters have been obtained by the National Catholic Reporter.

In them, Archbishop Cushley says that the Maltese auxiliary bishop will travel to the archdiocese on April 8-10 and has asked priests who wish to speak to him to 'prepare their narrative in writing.'

According to Tuesday's letters from Archbishop Cushley, Pope Francis has asked the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops to send Bishop Scicluna to 'listen to and report the testimony offered by past and present members of the clergy ... concerning any incidents of sexual misconduct committed against them by other members of the clergy whomsoever.'

Archbishop Cushley has welcomed Bishop Scicluna’s appointment.

FULL COVERAGE

Vatican appoints Scicluna to investigate sexual misconduct allegations in O’Brien's former diocese (The Tablet)

Cardinal O’Brien allegations to be investigated by Vatican’s former chief prosecutor (The Catholic Herald)

Disgraced cardinal's archdiocese subject of Vatican investigation (NCR Online)

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