Cardinal O'Brien misses Sunday Mass after accusations
24 February 2013 Last updated at 19:09 GMT
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has missed Sunday Mass after being accused of inappropriate behaviour.
Bishop Stephen Robson told St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh the Church "cannot not be saddened" by the news.
Three priests and one ex-priest have reportedly complained about the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church's behaviour some 30 years ago.
The Scottish Catholic Church said the cardinal, 74, contested the claims.
Robert Pigott reports.