2005 Cardinal Bernard Law In; 2013 Cardinal Keith O’Brien Out

Vatican Shifts Tone on Cardinals Linked to Sex Scandals

Before the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican circled the wagons around cardinals ensnared in sex abuse scandals. As the church prepares to pick Benedict’s successor, those embattled cardinals increasingly find themselves under the wagon wheels. In a wide-ranging news conference on Monday, the Vatican struck a markedly blase tone when asked about the decision by British Cardinal Keith O’Brien not to attend the conclave to elect the next pope. Hours earlier, the Vatican had accepted O’Brien’s immediate resignation over sexual harassment accusations. Whereas the Vatican made clear in 2005 that disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston was expected to report to the Sistine Chapel, on Monday it said it had nothing to do with O’Brien’s announcement.” By Jason Horowitz, The Washington Post

British Cardinal’s Resignation Underscores Challenge to Catholic Church’s Moral Authority

When Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled his plan to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Britain’s highest Roman Catholic cleric took to the national pulpit. Cardinal Keith O’Brien decried a “tyranny of tolerance,” calling gay marriage “grotesque” and saying no secular government had the moral authority to legalize such unions. On Monday, O’Brien, one of the church’s most strident voices against homosexuality, abruptly stepped down amid allegations of “intimate” acts with priests. His fall underscored perhaps the greatest challenge for the Roman Catholic hierarchy as it moves to elect a new pope: regaining its own moral authority.” By Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post

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  1. #1 by Ed Wilson on April 14, 2013 - 6:59 PM

    Hard to figure what these guys will do between now and October. Francis cant wait six months before replacing some of the dinosaurs in the Curia. To do that, hell need advice from people he can trust who are closer to home. Maybe Bertello is one such person.

    Perhaps this commission is to put a stamp of geographical and ideological diversity on a broader restructuring of the Vatican bureaucracy. Eight elderly cardinals are unlikely to successfully achieve any such thing without a lot of help from some kind of ecclesial counterpart to McKinsey or Arthur D. Little. This will also require some experience with the curia before, during and since John Paul II. Enormous and challenging management problem.

    Ed

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  2. #2 by Ed Wilson on February 26, 2013 - 11:14 AM

    OBrien talked publicly about celibacy. That was the difference.

    on 2/26/13 9:41 AM, Voice of the Faithful at comment-reply@wordpress.com wrote:

    > Voice of the Faithful posted: “Vatican Shifts Tone on Cardinals Linked to Sex > Scandals Before the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican circled the > wagons around cardinals ensnared in sex abuse scandals. As the church prepares > to pick Benedicts successor, those embattled cardina” >

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