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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:19 PM

Oops! Pope forces out Cardinal Keith O'Brien

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/25/pope-forces-out-keith-obrien
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The pope has forced the abrupt resignation of Britain's most senior Roman Catholic as the church made a frantic attempt to minimise the impact of allegations of "inappropriate acts" committed by Cardinal Keith O'Brien against fellow priests.

He issued a statement in which he ambiguously apologised for "any failures" and to those he had "offended", and announced that he would no longer travel to the Vatican to help select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who retires at 8pm on Thursday. O'Brien had been due to be the only British cardinal with a vote.

The cardinal revealed in his statement that he had been asked by the outgoing pope to stand down immediately. Already due to retire next month, the cardinal stated: "The Holy Father has now decided that my resignation will take effect today."

Senior Catholics said his resignation was intended to stop the allegations turning into a crisis. The church is already under pressure over unrelated abuse and corruption scandals in other dioceses.
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Reply Oops! Pope forces out Cardinal Keith O'Brien (Original post)
malaise Feb 2013 OP
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #1
idwiyo Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #7
pampango Feb 2013 #2
LiberalAndProud Feb 2013 #6
Taverner Feb 2013 #3
malaise Feb 2013 #8
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #9
snagglepuss Feb 2013 #5
dembotoz Feb 2013 #10
malaise Feb 2013 #11

Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:32 PM

1. If they threw out all those who had covered up abuse, how many would be left?

I'm guessing, maybe half????

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:35 PM

4. None. Nada. Zero.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:43 PM

7. From the article

But the move led critics to demand that other cardinals at the centre of scandals over failures to report sex abuse by priests – including Roger Mahony, emeritus archbishop of Los Angeles, and Seán Brady, the primate of all Ireland – "recuse" themselves from the papal conclave, citing O'Brien's decision as a precedent.

Insiders said O'Brien's abrupt departure had left the Scottish Catholic church, which he had led for 10 years, disoriented and shocked. One source said it meant that only three out of eight Scottish dioceses now have full-time, permanent bishops in charge.

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They are imploding as a result of their own arrogance and hubris. They are worse than all the politicians on the planet.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:34 PM

2. And he's the cardinal that spoke publicly in favor of married priests a few days ago. Weird. n/t

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Response to pampango (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:40 PM

6. I'm sure that's not related to his immediate departure.

(Actually, I'm not sure at all.)

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:35 PM

3. Wow - this shit is straight out of the Medecis or Borgias!

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:45 PM

8. For real

Except that given technology and social media today, they can run but they cannot hide this time around. The shit has finally hit the fan.

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:39 PM

9. House of cards.

Like melting ice - it's ice until it's not.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:39 PM

5. Given the Vatican is denying the gay story that broke a few days ago, the last thing

the pope or the vatican want is having another gay scandal.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:54 PM

10. good thing that pope guy never makes a mistake

happy i am a prot

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:26 PM

11. Well anyone who bought the all knowing BS after the flat earth flop

centuries ago pretty much deserves what they get.
I'm glad I hate all religion

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