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Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests. 

Cardinal Keith O'Brien pictured at St Peter's Square in Vatican City in 2005. Cardinal O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned with immediate effect as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland on Monday in the wake of claims that he made sexual advances towards priests.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien -- who steps down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh -- denies the allegations, which date back to the 1980s, but he apologised to anyone offended by "failures" during his ministry.

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