Cardinal O’Brien blocked church sex abuse inquiry

Cardinal Keith O'Brien. Picture: Neil Hanna
Cardinal Keith O'Brien. Picture: Neil Hanna
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DISGRAced church leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien blocked an inquiry into cases of historic sexual abuse in the Catholic Church – just months before he resigned in a gay sex scandal.

The former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh used his role as president of the Scottish Catholic Bishops Conference to stop the probe.

Retired Glasgow archbishop Mario Conti revealed the move in a letter to Catholic newspaper The Tablet. He said “all but one” of the bishops had wanted to commission an independent inquiry.