The Catholic Church has some pretty strict rules, especially for the clergy. No marriage or relationships, no rooting and no poofters.
You can imagine what happen if you doing all of them can’t you…you’d be a Cardinal for sure.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his behaviour sparked his downfall as leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
The man left the priesthood in the middle of the last decade but rejoined and is living on the continent in a post the cardinal helped him secure.
The complainant is known to have been in regular telephone contact with Cardinal O’Brien until recently and was a frequent visitor to St Benets, his official residence in Edinburgh’s Morningside.
It is understood the cardinal confessed to the relationship after it was recently revealed there had been several complaints to the Vatican about his sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s. It is thought to be part of his reference to his sexual conduct as “a priest, a bishop and a cardinal”.
It also emerged the dramatic downfall of Britain’s leading Catholic cleric was spurred by gay priests angry at his rhetoric and hypocrisy about same-sex marriages.
All those who complained about Cardinal O’Brien and alleged they had been abused by him were known to him for decades. At least two are known to have been in same-sex relationships and had become exasperated at double standards in his statements about gay marriage.
In the six months building up to him being forced to stand down last month, the cardinal had been under some pressure from priests to tone down the rhetoric.
However, his statements, such as describing homosexuality as a “moral degradation”, were a tipping point for those previously close to him.
Andrew Sullivan, himself a gay catholic notes:
So a cardinal in a same-sex relationship who publicly declared the idea of marriage equality as “madness” finally saw his elaborate house of cards collapse under the weight of massive hypocrisy.
It was massive. He goes on:
It’s a crack in the Catholic clerical closet – but look how long the news took to break and how egregious the hypocrisy had to be in order for the truth to come out. I’m against outing people in public life. But there are cases of such extreme hypocrisy, where such a vast gulf between private beliefs and public rhetoric almost requires people of conscience to speak out.
This is what I have been saying. The Catholic Church portrays itself, via the Pope and its Cardinals and all of its leaders int he clergy as the moral arbiters of the world. They are vocal on all sorts of issues from contraception to abortion to homosexuality and now on same-sex marriage. Yet everywhere you look inside in the Catholic Church you see a corroded rotting corpse of carnality with gay sex, heterosexual sex, and child abuse. The Catholic Church is morally bankrupt from its highest levels down…it urgently needs to be fixed. At the very least remove the hypocrisy. Either the rules are bullshit (which they are) or the church is bullshit for allowing such hypocrisy to grow and fester.