Disgraced Dunbar Cardinal

File photo dated 12/02/13 of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who has tonight admitted that his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 3, 2013. The cardinal, who was Britain's most senior Catholic cleric, stepped down from his post as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh last week, a day after three priests and a former priest made allegations of "inappropriate" behaviour against him. See PA story RELIGION Cardinal. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

File photo dated 12/02/13 of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who has tonight admitted that his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 3, 2013. The cardinal, who was Britain's most senior Catholic cleric, stepped down from his post as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh last week, a day after three priests and a former priest made allegations of "inappropriate" behaviour against him. See PA story RELIGION Cardinal. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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The disgraced Cardinal who had planned to retire to Dunbar has been stripped of the rights of his former position.

Pope Francis this week accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, following an investigation by the Catholic church.

Cardinal O’Brien will also be reduced to a strictly private life, with no further participation in any public, religious or civil events.

However he will be allwoed to retain the title of Cardinal.

O’Brien, 77, stepped down from the archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in February 2013.

This came after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

His resignation has now been made official by the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ decision was based on the findings of last year’s fact-finding mission to Scotland by his personal envoy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

In a statement this week, Cardinal O’Brien said: “I wish to repeat the apology which I made to the Catholic Church and the people of Scotland some two years ago.

“I then said that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me. For that I am deeply sorry.