Keith Cardinal O’Brien
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? Continue reading
The primate of Scotland, Keith Cardinal O’Brien, today in the newspaper Scotland on Sunday, decried the attempts by the United States Senate to investigate the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer, who was convicted of the bombing on January 31, 2001, and sentenced to life imprisonment. On August 20, 2009 al-Megrahi was released by the Scottish government to Libya, ostensibly on the compassionate grounds that he was dying of prostate cancer.
The text of the Cardinal’s article may be read here.
His argument basically consists of allegations that America has a “Culture of Vengeance” since we have the death penalty, while the Scottish justice system embraces compassion as demonstrated by the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber.
There is no polite way to put this. The Cardinal’s article is rubbish from beginning to end.