Scandal-scarred Cardinal Keith O’Brien renounces ‘rights and privileges’ of his office


Cardinal Keith O'Brien, in a 2007 file photo, outside St.Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo courtesy of Reuters/David Moir. *Editors: This photo can only be used with RNS-OBRIEN-RESIGN, originally transmitted on March 20, 2015.

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(RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI accepted O'Brien's resignation, O'Brien admitted "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.”