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Vatican to open an inquiry of British cardinal

Priests accuse him of improper behavior

LONDON — On the same day as his last public blessing Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the threat of a fresh scandal within the church hierarchy, with Vatican officials informing him of new allegations that Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric had engaged in inappropriate behavior with priests.

In Britain, the accusations against Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the church in Scotland and one of this nation’s most strident opponents of gay rights, were already escalating into a national furor.

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