UK's Cardinal O'Brien won't attend the conclave to elect new pope
UK's senior-most Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, 75, resigned last Monday, as the Archbishop of St Andrew's and Edinburgh declined to take part in the election for a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
The Osservatore Romano notified on February 25 that the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI
had accepted the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the pastoral governance of the archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Reportedly, the cardinal O'Brien’s was accepted by the Holy Father with the formula "nunc pro tunc" at the first instance, but later he decided to accept it definitively.
Consequently, Cardinal O'Brien will not be joining the conclave in Rome to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI. "However, I will pray with them and for them that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will make the correct choice for the future good of the church," he reportedly stated.
He held the view that celibacy was not of "divine origin" and only a few priests were able to manage it, and he had wanted celibacy of the priesthood be reconsidered.