A ‘painful and distressing’ time for the Church is being made worse by ‘disturbing media reports, the newly appointed administrator of St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese said today.
“You have lost your Cardinal Archbishop in the most difficult of circumstances,” Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said in a letter to Catholics in St Andrews and Edinburgh. “I am so sorry for everyone involved and I assure them of my prayers. The people of the archdiocese are having to bear the impact of these sad events as you go about your daily lives in your communities and at work. You have to cope with disturbing media reports and you have to face the questions, the critical comments, the unkind remarks and the jibes.”
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Tartaglia as Apostolic administrator to St Andrews and Edinburgh earlier today, following His Holiness’s acceptance of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation on Monday.