Scotland Cardinal Keith O'Brien will no longer exercise the role of a cardinal, including by serving as a papal adviser and as an elector of a new pope.
Pope Francis has in hand a report on the allegations regarding Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, who stood down in 2013 after admitting sexual misconduct, The Tablet is reporting.
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna to take testimony in Scotland's St. Andrews and Edinburgh archdiocese, where disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien was archbishop.
The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed later this year, but religious organizations have the right not to perform them.
Members of the Scottish Parliament supported the legislation, 105-18, at the end of a debate Tuesday and applauded when the result was announced.
Lawmakers had rejected pleas from the Catholic church to oppose the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill and also resisted attempts to amend it.