Disgraced cardinal blocked sex abuse probe
Shamed Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked an independent inquiry into cases of historical sexual abuse a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct, the Catholic Church has said.
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland commissioned a report into allegations of abuse in 2011 but it was halted the following year when Cardinal O’Brien – then president of the conference – withdrew his support.
The cardinal stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.
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