Archbishop Philip Tartaglia speaks of ‘painful times’ for Catholic Church

BBC News

The Archbishop temporarily replacing Cardinal Keith O’Brien has spoken of the “painful and distressing times” affecting the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will celebrate mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh later.

It will be his first service as administrator of the Archdiocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Cardinal O’Brien is contesting allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by four priests in the 1980s.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien stepped down on Monday amid allegations he behaved “inappropriately” to three serving priests and a former priest.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia is due to tell worshippers they are having to bear the impact of sad events and disturbing media reports.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.