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Britain's highest ranking Catholic leader resigns

Britain's highest ranking Catholic leader resigns
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:48pm

The Vatican has confirmed the resignation of Britain's highest-ranking catholic official.

The Vatican said Cardinal Keith O'Brien was stepping down as archbishop amid misconduct allegations. 

The accusations were made in a British newspaper on Sunday by three priests and a former priest who say o'brien acted inappropriately with them. 

O'Brien will not attend the conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict. 

The Cardinal said in a statement, shown on the Scottish Catholic media website, that he would not appear at the conclave because he didn't want to be a distraction. 

The resignation took many by surprise.

"Nobody knows why just now it came out. Certainly, Somebody wanted to make a scandal, but the real issue is that the stone is rolling" said Vatican Analyst, Marco Politi.

Pope Benedict officially steps down on Thursday.

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