February 25, 2013

Top British Catholic accused of misconduct

UPDATE: Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the UK's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has resigned as the head of the Scottish Catholic church after being accused of "inappropriate acts" towards fellow priests.

Guardian, UK - 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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am not a catholic and have no interest in defending or promoting that church's agenda, but I think it should be noted that the recent attacks on the catholic church - especially the pedophilia scandals - from the media in capitalist countries are almost certainly politically motivated.

Why is it only the catholic church that is being attacked - is there no pedophilia, financial scandals or other unscrupulous behavior in other religions? If so, why don't we hear about them?

Why did we hear nothing from the media of the catholic clergy's pedophilia - which had been going on for decades if not centuries - until shortly after Pope John Paul II's 1999 address "Ecclesia in America"?

In this address he damned global capitalism (a position the present pope has not rescinded).

It is quite likely that this papal address triggered global capitalism's resolve to destroy the catholic church.