O'Brien Allegations Provoke Vatican Investigation

Over at National Catholic Reporter, Josh McElwee is reporting that Pope Francis has asked the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops to look into allegations of sexual misconduct against disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien. The congregation, according to the report, has dispatched Maltese Auxiliary Bishop Charles 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." Scicluna will be looking into possible sexual misconduct in Scotland's archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, where Cardinal O'Brien was archbishop until resigning in February 2013.

The archdiocese's current leader, Archbishop Leo Cushley, announced the investigation in two letters sent to his clergy Tuesday. According to the letters, Scicluna will visit the archdiocese April 8-10 and "will be available to listen" on those days.

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