The Pope has appointed the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, as Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien.
Cardinal O'Brien stepped down on Monday (25 February) following allegations that he had behaved "inappropriately" towards three serving priests and a former priest. Archbishop Tartaglia will lead the diocese until a permanent appointment is made.
Tartaglia said: "These are painful and distressing times for the archdiocese. I also feel pained and distressed.
"With the grace of God, I will do my very best to oversee and govern the archdiocese until the appointment of a new archbishop. I ask for your prayers."
Archbishop Tartaglia attracted criticism across the political and religious spectrum in July 2012 when he suggested that the death from pancreatitis of gay Labour MP David Cairns, a former Catholic priest, was connected to his sexual orientation.
The Archbishop later met Mr Cairn's partner and said he was "sorry for any hurt" that had resulted from his comments.