Pope accepts resignation of top British cleric

VATICAN CITY Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:44am EST

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who quit the day after rejecting allegations of inappropriate behavior with other priests.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, known for outspoken views on homosexuality, had been reported to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behavior stretching back 30 years, according to the Observer newspaper. He has contested the allegations against him.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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