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UK's Top Cardinal Accused of 'Inappropriate Acts' by Priests
The Observer ^ | 2/23/13 | Catherine Deveney

Posted on 02/23/2013 7:46:31 PM PST by marshmallow

Three priests and former priest report Cardinal Keith O'Brien to Vatican over claims stretching back 33 years

Three priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.

The four, from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, have complained to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican's ambassador to Britain, and demanded O'Brien's immediate resignation. A spokesman for the cardinal said that the claims were contested.

O'Brien, who is due to retire next month, has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights, condemning homosexuality as immoral, opposing gay adoption, and most recently arguing that same-sex marriages would be "harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved". Last year he was named "bigot of the year" by the gay rights charity Stonewall.

One of the complainants, it is understood, alleges that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him, resulting in a need for long-term psychological counselling.

The four submitted statements containing their claims to the nuncio's office the week before Pope Benedict's resignation on 11 February. They fear that, if O'Brien travels to the forthcoming papal conclave to elect a new pope, the church will not fully address their complaints.

"It tends to cover up and protect the system at all costs," said one of the complainants. "The church is beautiful, but it has a dark side and that has to do with accountability. If the system is to be improved, maybe it needs to be dismantled a bit."

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O'Brien has been all over the news in the past few days, especially in the UK, with his suggestion that priests be allowed to marry
1 posted on 02/23/2013 7:46:35 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

How about adding they are allowed to marry in the eastern rite but cannot be Bishops or Metropolitans or hold positions of leadership.


2 posted on 02/23/2013 8:06:30 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
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To: marshmallow

to say that marriage, which is a holy estate, is the antidote to sexual depravity is nonsense


3 posted on 02/23/2013 8:52:37 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marshmallow

,allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.


Allegations, stretching back over 30 years, the incidents seem to be back in the eighties, so does it stretch back over 30 years or is it just something that took place 30 years ago?

Why is it that the accusers are coming out of the woodwork at this particular time? the time, being when O Brien is being vocal in his anti gay opinions.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 4:21:17 AM PST by ravenwolf
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Isn’t this why they are complaining?

**O’Brien, who is due to retire next month, has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights, condemning homosexuality as immoral, opposing gay adoption, and most recently arguing that same-sex marriages would be “harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved”. Last year he was named “bigot of the year” by the gay rights charity Stonewall.**


5 posted on 02/24/2013 8:40:52 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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“There was a time when priests got married, and of course we know at the present time in some branches of the church - in some branches of the Catholic church - priests can get married, so that is obviously not of divine of origin and it could get discussed again.”

When have priests ever been able to get married? And there are some branches of the Catholic Church were they can get married today?

I thought some traditions of the Church allowed married men to become priests, not that priests can get married.

Freegards


6 posted on 02/24/2013 8:55:50 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: Salvation

As Inspector Cleuceau would say before he hit the bimp in the road “Ah but ov course”. We had an episode here with Milawukee’s Weakland . Why do you think publications like the Scotsman or wire services like the AP are going after these guys ?

And I should add GOPES not making an issue out of Democrats at their national convention removeing God from their preamble.


7 posted on 02/24/2013 9:35:59 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
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