Scotland’s Roman Catholic Archbishop, Mired In Abuse Claim, Resigns (VIDEO)

Source: John L. Allen Jr. / CNN

Rome – Scotland’s Roman Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has resigned amid allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s.

It is the second potential scandal to emerge amid preparations for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI this week and the concave to select a successor.

In addition to O’Brien’s resignation, Italian media has been abuzz in recent days with allegations that gay clergy may have made themselves vulnerable to blackmail by male prostitutes. That has set off speculation — denied by the Vatican — that a brewing scandal may have triggered Benedict’s resignation.

O’Brien said he submitted his resignation to the pope months ago, citing his upcoming 75th birthday and his health, according to a statement released by the Scottish Catholic Media Office. Benedict accepted his resignation last week, the Vatican said Monday.

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