Anorak | The Vatican’s problem with Cardinal Keith O’Brien and gay priests

The Vatican’s problem with Cardinal Keith O’Brien and gay priests

by | 24th, February 2013

THE Vatican has yet to open as a gay nightspot in Old Compton Street. The Catholic Church is not yet undone by rumours of homosexuality in the Pope’s palace. The Vatican’s spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, maintains the line that such stories of gay sex amongst the prelates is salacious gossip and has nothing to do with Benedict XVI’s decision to resign:

We are indebted to Vatican Radio’s English translation, which makes the Father appear more than a little verbose:

There is no lack, in fact, of those who seek to profit from the moment of surprise and disorientation of the spiritually naive to sow confusion and to discredit the Church and its governance, making recourse to old tools, such as gossip, misinformation and sometimes slander, or exercising unacceptable pressures to condition the exercise of the voting duty on the part of one or another member of the College of Cardinals, who they consider to be objectionable for one reason or another.

Ashe’s talking, one former priest and three serving priests at the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh claim Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s most senior Catholic clergyman, behaved  inappropriately towards them three decades ago. The four told all to Antonio Mennini, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain a week before the Pope resigned. O’Brien is schedule to retire in March this year.

One of the four is quoted:

“It tends to cover up and protect the system at all costs. The church is beautiful, but it has a dark side and that has to do with accountability. If the system is to be improved, maybe it needs to be dismantled a bit.”

Should we expect a rush of sex scandals?

Says one priest, who alleges O’Brien made unwelcome advances to him:

“I knew then he would always have power over me. It was assumed I left the priesthood to get married. I did not. I left to preserve my integrity.”

Others claim that invitations to”night prayers” were a cover

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