A recently-resigned cardinal with a reputation for being anti-gay may have had a long-running physical relationship with another man, according to new reports.

The scandal began earlier this year when reports that Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien had "inappropriate contact" with male priests appeared in the British press. O'Brien, the highest ranking Catholic in the UK, resigned the next week, admitting that his "sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me."

O'Brien was called "bigot of the year" by gay advocacy group Stonewall last year after saying gay marriage a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right" and that same-sex partnerships were "harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of those involved."