Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns as Archbishop
25 February 2013 Last updated at 22:41 GMT
Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.
It follows claims, which he contests, of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s.
He will not take part in electing a new pope, leaving Britain unrepresented.
Robert Pigott reports.