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Disgraced cardinal Keith O'Brien to keep his degree

By Lucy Christie

St Andrews University says it will not strip disgraced Northern Ireland-born cardinal Keith O'Brien of his honorary degree.

The university considered revoking the 2004 award following a request from a member of staff.

Cardinal O'Brien, originally from Ballycastle, resigned from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in 2013 after several priests accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

He admitted his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me'', and he no longer plays a public role in the Catholic Church in Scotland.

A St Andrews committee ruled that revoking the award would not change the past and would be "no more than an empty gesture".

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