Cardinal Keith O’Brien, former head of Roman Catholic Church in Britain, is dead.
The Cardinal died at the age of 80.
O’Brien who resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013 after apologising for sexual misconduct died after he was hurt in a recent fall. BBC reported
A critic of gay marriage, O’Brien resigned in 2013 after three priests and one former priest complained about incidents of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1980s.
O’Brien initially denied the allegations but later apologised for sexual conduct.
He quit as the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013 shortly after Pope Benedict shocked the Catholic world with his own resignation.
With the agreement of the Holy See, O’Brien subsequently moved to the north of England, where a statement said he had died surrounded by family.
“In life, Cardinal O’Brien may have divided opinion.
“In death, however, I think all can be united in praying for the repose of his soul, for comfort for his grieving family and that support and solace be given to those whom he offended, hurt and let down,” said Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.