Brit exits amid church scandal, won’t help pick pope

Posted: February 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by Cardinal Keith O’Brien (left) in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept. 16, 2010.

Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader resigned and removed himself Monday from the coming conclave, saying he did not want allegations that he engaged in improper conduct with priests to be a distraction during the solemn process of choosing the next leader of the church’s 1.2 billion-member flock.

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