If further confirmation were needed of the existence of a Lavender Mafia within the Church, homosexual clerics who promote and protect each other, the abrupt resignation of Keith Cardinal O’Brien, primate of Scotland, should provide it. After news of the Conclave broke, O’Brien was accused of homosexual predation on three priests and one former priest. Interesting that this should all break now, and more than interesting that this comes amidst rumors that Pope Benedict resigned after receiving a secret report prepared by three cardinals alleging the existence of a ring of senior homosexual clergy at the Vatican. O’Brien after the accusations arose, abruptly resigned but contested the allegations. Now he has issued an “I’m Sorry!” statement which should be translated “I’m Sorry I was caught!”. Here is the text of the statement:
“In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.
However, I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.
To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness.
To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.
I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.”
Notice the formulation: “standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.” Is this a left handed indication that his violating his vows was ongoing throughout his clerical career?
Prior to becoming a Cardinal, O’Brien was noted for a fairly “relaxed” attitude towards homosexuality. This changed when he became Cardinal and became a critic of the homosexual movement in Great Britain. Before this broke, out of the blue, Cardinal O’Brien suddenly said that he thought the Church should consider letting priests marry. Why did he say this? Was someone aware of his past history applying blackmail pressure on him?
How did he rise so far in the hierarchy? Clergy, in my experience, tend to be a gossipy bunch. With four men coming forward thus far, I find it hard to believe that his “proclivities” weren’t known to his superiors.
Questions, questions and more questions. Now O’Brien, having done his bit to tarnish the image of the Church, thinks that he will simply clam up and go into retirement. If the new Pope really wants to do something about this cesspool within the Church, he could do worse than to order the ex-Cardinal to Rome for intensive questioning.