VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has filled the vacancy left in Scotland by disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who was ordered by the Vatican to atone for sexual misconduct.
The Vatican said Wednesday that the pontiff has appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. O'Brien was ordered in May to leave Scotland for a time to pray and atone for his misconduct, a rare public sanction against a cardinal. He resigned as archbishop and excluded himself from the conclave that elected Francis after a newspaper reported unidentified priests' allegations of inappropriate conduct toward them. O'Brien later acknowledged engaging in sexual misbehavior.
Cushley, 52, is a veteran of the Holy See's diplomatic corps, most recently serving as an official in the secretariat of state. He also has pastoral experience.