It seems as though I read or write a scandalous story about clerics in the Catholic Church performing inappropriate sexual acts or advances every day.
This story comes out of the United Kingdom.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien is the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He has been accused of “inappropriate behavior”. Three priests and one ex-priest have reportedly complained about the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church’s behaviour some 30 years ago. The Scottish Catholic Church said the cardinal, 74, contested the claims. He is also taking legal advice, it added. Cardinal O’Brien is due to retire next month when he turns 75.
He will have a say in who succeeds Pope Benedict XVI when the pontiff stands down on 28 February. He is Britain’s only representative in the election for a successor.
One complainant says that Cardinal O’brien made an inappropriate approach to him in 1980 after evening prayers during his time as a seminarian at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, He resigned from the priesthood when O’brien became a bishop, and is now married.
He says people believed he left the church to get married. He says the real reason was the result of O’brien’s becoming a bishop. He would have had power over his every action.
A second man says he was living in a parish when O’brien initiated inappropriate contact between them.
A third describes some “unwanted behavior” in the 1980’s after some late- night drinking.
The fourth claims the cardinal used “night prayers” as a venue for “inappropriate touching”.
Cardinal O’Brien, who was born in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, has been the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh since 1985.
He has been an outspoken opponent of plans to legalise same-sex marriage and was named “bigot of the year” by gay rights charity Stonewall last November, prompting a storm of controversy.
The four complainants have called for his immediate resignation.
Columnist-The Guardian Express