Scottish Cardinal Who Admitted Misconduct Gives Up Rights of Office

March 21, 2015 4:23 AM

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Scottish Cardinal Who Admitted Misconduct Gives Up Rights of Office

ROME—A Scottish cardinal who admitted sexual misconduct has given up the right to vote in any future papal conclave following a Vatican investigation of his actions, in one of the most significant outcomes of the pope’s efforts to hold church leadership accountable.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who until 2013 presided over the archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, gave up the “rights and privileges of cardinal,” including voting in a papal election—the most important power exercised by cardinals—and advising the pope on governance of the Catholic Church, the Vat...

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