Two days a go I ran a story on Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who has his own ideas of Marriage Equality: He wants priests to be able to marry.
Well, the Catholic Church doesn’t appreciate free thinking Cardinals, and the smear campaign has started.
Scotland’s Roman Catholic archbishop is contesting accusations of “inappropriate behavior” with priests, claims leveled as Cardinal Keith O’Brien prepares to join the conclave that will choose a new pope.
British newspaper The Observer reported Sunday that three priests and one former priest have leveled allegations against O’Brien that date back 30 years. The Observer did not recount details of the claims or identify any of O’Brien’s accusers, but said one of the priests alleged “that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him.”
O’Brien did not attend Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday, but the Scottish Catholic Media Office told CNN that the cardinal “contests these claims and is taking legal advice.”
If O’Brien is a gay priest, then it appears he’s at least limited his activities to other consenting adults. Unless the true dirt is still to come, I guess.
The accusations against O’Brien follow a buzz in Italian media about claims that gay clergy may have made themselves vulnerable to blackmail by male prostitutes, setting off speculation that a brewing scandal may have triggered Benedict’s resignation.
The Vatican vehemently denied the allegations Saturday, with Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone criticizing a rash of “often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories” as the cardinals prepare for their conclave.
It’s just a big mess, really.
Why is it that those that are the loudest advocates against something frequently reveal themselves to be one of the offenders themselves. Graham Capill is a good example of this.