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U.K. Cardinal quits over gay scandal

Cardinal Keith O'Brien won't be electing a new Pope.

The Vatican confirmed the cardinal has stepped down from his post.

The Scottish Catholic Media Office said Pope Benedict had accepted the cardinal's resignation on 18 February, but the announcement of it has only just been made.

by Anonymousreply 2305/05/2013

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.

He had been accused of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s, claims he contests.

In a statement, Cardinal O'Brien, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh apologised to those he had offended for "failures" during his ministry.

He will not take part in electing a new pope, leaving Britain unrepresented.

The Vatican confirmed the cardinal has stepped down from his post.

The Scottish Catholic Media Office said Pope Benedict had accepted the cardinal's resignation on 18 February, but the announcement of it has only just been made.

Cardinal O'Brien said in his statement he had already tendered his resignation as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, due to take effect when he turned 75 next month, but Pope Benedict "has now decided that my resignation will take effect today".

by Anonymousreply 102/25/2013

Lay groups are orchestrating a campaign to prevent Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, from attending the conclave to choose the next pope.

Mahony was stripped of his duties in January over allegations that he shielded pedophilic priests in the 1980s.

As of today, he's still planning to vote for a new pope.

by Anonymousreply 202/25/2013

Last November, Cardinal O’Brien was named ‘Bigot of the Year’ by a gay rights charity due to his staunch opposition to marriage equality.

In 2012, he stated that same-sex relationships were “harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing” and compared equal marriage to slavery and child abuse.

by Anonymousreply 302/25/2013

O’Brien, an outspoken critic of plans by the Scottish and Westminster governments to introduce marriage equality, believes priests should be able to marry if they so wish.

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Cardinal O’Brien stated that some issues – for example abortion and euthanasia – were “basic dogmatic beliefs” of “divine origin” which the Catholic Church could never accept.

However, he also said it would be within the scope of the new Pope to consider whether the Catholic Church should change its stance on other issues, which were not of divine origin.

The cardinal explained: “For example the celibacy of the clergy, whether priests should marry – Jesus didn’t say that.

[italic]OTOH, the Jackass ignores the fact that Jesus didn't say anything about gays.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 402/25/2013

He was accused of being a gay predator. He says these accusations are all filthy lies so he is quitting his job.

Oh okay.

I guess he is innocent then.

by Anonymousreply 502/25/2013

Now he qualifies for the Hypocrite of the Year Award as well.

by Anonymousreply 602/25/2013

It's been on NPR news all day with reports from London and Rome. BBC is covering this news on their overnight programs.

by Anonymousreply 702/25/2013

although we're both conniving schemers, we're not related!

by Anonymousreply 802/25/2013

BBC is interviewing dozens of Catholics and all are highly critical of this man. People are amazed that the Vatican moved so fast to put through his resignation.

It wouldn't make such a big story if he hadn't been so anti-gay in his sermons.

by Anonymousreply 902/25/2013

The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

by Anonymousreply 1002/25/2013

When is the voting to take place?

by Anonymousreply 1102/26/2013

Pictures in the papers of him today with Jimmy Saville, prolific pedo.

Murdoch's The Sun has even labelled O'Brien "Cardinal Sin" rofl!

by Anonymousreply 1202/26/2013

John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and Vatican advisor said: "I think in the circumstances he [Cardinal O'Brien] has done the right thing.

"In the face of the fact that there has been the resignation of the Pope, which is unprecedented, and the imminence of a conclave to elect a new pope, I think in these circumstances, to go to Rome under the cloud of these allegations - even though they, at this stage, simply remain that - would not be helpful for him, it would attract attention.

"It would not be helpful for the Catholic Church."

Some commentators have suggested the cardinal's resignation is evidence of a growing crisis within the Catholic Church

by Anonymousreply 1302/26/2013

The sudden departure of the cardinal leaves the church grappling with the implications of a new sex scandal affecting its senior leadership and denies British Roman Catholics any influence on the voting when 116 cardinals gather to elect Benedict’s replacement next month.

The affair intensified the sense of intrigue and conspiracy that has grown around the Papacy since Benedict made the surprise announcement of his own decision to quit on February 11.

The dramatic move to become the first Pope in 600 years to resign has provoked intense speculation both on what influences may have been at work on Benedict and on what role he will play after he stands down.

A Vatican adviser in Scotland said the O’Brien resignation was ‘shocking and sad’ but ‘unsurprising’.

Cardinal O’Brien’s apology follows growing controversy over his leadership in recent weeks. The vehemence of his public stand against same-sex marriage led to condemnation by the gay lobby.

Senior church figures are expected to go at 75, but the Vatican often allows leeway of a year or two. Following news of the sex scandal over the weekend, the Pope gave Cardinal O’Brien no choice.

by Anonymousreply 1402/26/2013

Another gay pedophile great!

by Anonymousreply 1502/26/2013

The Cardinal's friend Jimmy Saville.

by Anonymousreply 1602/26/2013

To be fair, the sexual predator stories about the Card seem to relate to young, but adult priests. It sounds like power abuse, plus cosmic-level hypocrisy obviousy.

by Anonymousreply 1702/26/2013

Roger Mahony from Los Angeles refuses to recuse himself from voting, after moving priests to other states to avoid prosecution and one to Mexico.

by Anonymousreply 1802/26/2013


A British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar claims a “culture of secrecy” has led to the current crisis in the Vatican over the alleged misconduct of its senior clerics, and has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down was partly due to concerns of abuse within the Catholic Church.

In a TV interview on Monday Mark Dowd claimed that at least “half” of “all the people attracted into seminaries in the priesthood are gay themselves.”

Yesterday, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with male priests, announced his retirement a month earlier than planned.

The cardinal, who denied the allegations of inappropriate behaviour last weekend, will not take part in electing a new pope, leaving Britain unrepresented.

In a statement, Cardinal O’Brien apologised to those he had offended for “failures” during his ministry and announced that he was standing down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.

The resignation came just days after an Italian newspaper published claims that gay priests – some of them reportedly blackmailed – had allegedly used a sauna and beauty parlour in Rome.

La Repubblica published an article last Thursday claiming that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign was in part finalised by a Vatican report showing that the Holy See was affected by outside influences, including a “gay lobby”.

The Vatican has since refused to confirm or deny claims of a network of gay prelates operating at its heart.

In an interview to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, gay Catholic journalist Mark Dowd said:

“When you have this culture of secrecy and guilt and repression… you have conditions which foster the potential for blackmail and for manipulation.”

“About half,” he said, “if not more, of all the people attracted into seminaries in the priesthood are gay themselves.”

Mr Dowd said the basis for his claim was on conversations with members of the Catholic Church, as well as personal experience.

He also reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical abuse.

Mr Dowd recounted an interview he conducted several years ago with Pope Benedict XVI’s brother, Georg Ratzinger.

“He said [Pope Benedict XVI] was basically lying awake at night sweating and worrying about it,” the journalist said. “And that actually in terms of his own emotional health it taken a great toll on him.”

by Anonymousreply 1902/26/2013

Shame on those Catholics for trying to use their church as an instrument of bearding.

by Anonymousreply 2002/26/2013

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who stepped down from his post after allegations he made advances toward at least four priests, was allegedly in a “longstanding physical relationship” with one of them.

The Daily Mail reports that O’Brien, former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, had a priest boyfriend for years, one who made frequent visits to O’Brien’s official residence in Edinburgh.

His beau was going to go to the press, supposedly, until the Cardinal stopped him.

But in an interview with the Observer, “Father Peter”—who admits to a longtime relationship with the Cardinal—says he came forward for “altruistic reasons: “I see the bigger picture: the cleansing of the church.”

Father Peter also says he’s in therapy for what he now considers abuse: “I was vulnerable and he knew that. He was very charismatic and I couldn’t believe his interest in me. I thought he was helping me.”

The ousted holy man is facing a Vatican inquiry, as well as a possible police investigation. One of the accusers, presumably not his boyfriend, is also suing O’Brien for groping and kissing him.

by Anonymousreply 2103/29/2013

Latest news on the Cardinal is that he has been asked by Rome to leave the UK.

The "Scottish Herald" has reported that the Vatican has informed Cardinal O’Brien that he cannot retire in Scotland as had been planned.

Perhaps he can find a cozy retirement cottage in WEHO.

by Anonymousreply 2205/04/2013

He caused an uproar and scandal in the church but I'll bet he never expected them to tell him he has to leave the U.K.

by Anonymousreply 2305/05/2013
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