Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months, the Vatican has confirmed. The Press Office of the Holy See released the following statement concerning Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien today (Wednesday):
His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews and Edinburgh, for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance.
Any decision regarding future arrangements for His Eminence shall be agreed with the Holy See.
There has been no comment from the Cardinal.