LONDON (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic cleric says that Cardinal Keith O'Brien blocked an inquiry into cases of sexual abuse in the church in Scotland a year before resigning over his own sexual misconduct.
O'Brien, who has acknowledged engaging in unspecified sexual misbehavior, resigned as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in February. The Vatican later ordered him to leave Scotland for several months to atone for his misconduct.
Mario Conti, the retired archbishop of Glasgow, said in a letter to Friday's issue of the Catholic newspaper the Tablet that a Scottish Catholic church inquiry began into abuse allegations over 60 years but that O'Brien stopped it in 2012 by being the only member of the Bishops' Conference to quit it.
The Scottish Catholic Church confirmed that O'Brien withdrew from the probe.