Posts Tagged Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Disgraced Cardinal’s Archdiocese Subject to Vatican Investigation / National Catholic Reporter

The Vatican has appointed a bishop known for aggressively investigating cases of sexual abuse to take testimony of clergy alleging sexual misconduct in Scotland’s archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, where Cardinal Keith O’Brien was archbishop until resigning under disgrace in February 2013.

“The archdiocese’s current leader, Archbishop Leo Cushley, announced the investigation in two letters sent to his clergy Tuesday …

“Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle, a noted canon and civil lawyer widely known for his advocacy and work on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, said in a brief interview Thursday he had “never heard” of such an investigation before.

“‘That’s very unusual indeed,’ said Doyle. ‘I’ve never heard of a cardinal being investigated like this by the Holy See.’

“Jesuit Fr. John O’Malley, a noted church historian who has written books on the Second Vatican and Trent Councils and a history of the popes, likewise said he ‘could not recall’ a similar instance of an archdiocese or cardinal being investigated …”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Top British Cardinal Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct / The New York Times

Following Resignation, Top British Cardinal Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, acknowledged Sunday (Mar. 3) that he had been guilty of sexual misconduct, a week after he announced his resignation and said he would not attend the conclave to choose the next pope. The moves followed revelations that three current and one former priest had accused him of inappropriate sexual contact dating back decades.” By John F. Burns, The New York Times

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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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U.K. Cardinal Resigns as Archbishop, Won’t Attend Conclave

Britain’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien to Skip Papal Election

The United Kingdom’s top cardinal, Keith O’Brien, is to step down as an archbishop, effective immediately, according to a statement published on the website of the Scottish Catholic news office. Cardinal O’Brien, who is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the U.K.’s most senior Roman Catholic, also says he is choosing not to take part in the election of the next pope next month to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, a process known as the “conclave.’ He said in a statement that he will not attend.” By Kim Hjelmgaard and Cathy Lynn Grosman, USA TODAY

Top British Cardinal Faces Accusation of Committing ‘Inappropriate Acts’

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has been accused of committing “inappropriate acts” in his relations with three priests and one former priest, the newspaper The Observer reported Sunday. The accusations, which date back to the 1980s, have been forwarded to the Vatican.” By John F. Burns, The New York Times

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Roman Catholic Cardinal Says Priests Should Be Able to Marry

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: ‘Allow Priests to Marry’

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic has said he believes priests should be able to marry if they wish to do so. Cardinal Keith O’Brien said it was clear many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be able to marry and have children. The cardinal will be part of the conclave that chooses the next Pope.” By BBC News Scotland

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