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Cardinal Keith O’Brien Inappropriate Behaviour

By Harry @web_pensioner

Another Catholic priest, this time a Cardinal has been reported for inappropriate behavior towards men or youths in his charge.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Guardian newspaper photo and story.

Three priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behavior stretching back 30 years. stretching back 30 years.

One of the complainants, it is understood, alleges that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him, resulting in a need for long-term psychological counseling.

It is understood that the first allegation against the cardinal dates back to 1980. The complainant, who is now married, was then a 20-year-old seminarian at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, where O’Brien was his “spiritual director”. The Observer understands that the statement claims O’Brien made an inappropriate approach after night prayers.

In a second statement, “Priest A” describes being happily settled in a parish when he claims he was visited by O’Brien and inappropriate contact between the two took place.

“Priest C” was a young priest the cardinal was counseling over personal problems. Priest C’s statement claims that O’Brien used night prayers as an excuse for inappropriate contact.

Those involved believe the cardinal abused his position. “You have to understand,” explains the ex-priest, “the relationship between a bishop and a priest. At your ordination, you take a vow to be obedient to him.

“He’s more than your boss, more than the CEO of your company. He has immense power over you. He can move you, freeze you out, bring you into the fold … he controls every aspect of your life. You can’t just kick him in the balls.”

All four have been reluctant to raise their concerns. They are, though, concerned that the church will ignore their complaints, and want the conclave electing the new pope to be “clean”. According to canon law, no cardinal who is eligible to vote can be prevented from doing so.

What do you think, will this be brushed under the carpet like so many more and be ignored by the Vatican and the new Pope.


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