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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:24 PM

 

Anti-Gay Cardinal Keith O'Brien Rejects Accusations Of 'Inappropriate' Behavior With Priests

Source: Reuters

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, a cardinal expected to take part in the conclave to choose the next pope, rejected allegations on Sunday that he had behaved in an "inappropriate" way with other priests.

The Observer newspaper said Cardinal Keith O'Brien, 74, the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, who is known for outspoken views on homosexuality, had been reported to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behavior stretching back 30 years.

"Cardinal O'Brien contests these claims and is taking legal advice," a spokesman for the cardinal said.

Three priests and a former priest, from a Scottish diocese, have complained to the Vatican and demanded O'Brien's immediate resignation, the newspaper said, adding that they wanted the conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor to be "clean".

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/24/cardinal-keith-obrien-inappropriate-gay_n_2753175.html

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Reply Anti-Gay Cardinal Keith O'Brien Rejects Accusations Of 'Inappropriate' Behavior With Priests (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 OP
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #1
mel v drew Feb 2013 #7
another_liberal Feb 2013 #8
sakabatou Feb 2013 #2
Berlum Feb 2013 #9
hedgehog Feb 2013 #3
greiner3 Feb 2013 #4
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #5
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #6
RedstDem Feb 2013 #10
KurtNYC Feb 2013 #11
sakabatou Feb 2013 #13
lunatica Feb 2013 #15
bklyncowgirl Feb 2013 #12
MelungeonWoman Feb 2013 #14
UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 #16

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:31 PM

1. Rejects? Contests? Legal advice? Does he even bother to say I never touched or otherwise acted ..

inappropriately with children. Just come out and say it.

Rejects? Yes, I wasn't wearing my white frock when I touched the children, I was wearing my red one, so I reject your allegation.

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Response to GodlessBiker (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 06:38 PM

7. Try new glasses

Er, Mr Godless Biker, I don't think there has been any mention of children...has there???
Might be a good idea to swot up on what is actually being said in the news, before you go into print with comments!!

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Response to mel v drew (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:11 PM

8. So, maybe he likes men instead of boys . . .?

So, maybe he likes men instead of boys, that wouldn't make him any less of a sanctimonious hypocrite. As to whether he abused little boys too, lets have an investigation. I'm sure the good Cardinal will cooperate fully . . . Oh yeah, I mean his lawyer will cooperate fully.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:57 PM

2. So you reject our accusation, but you don't deny it?

Hmmmm... Something's fishy.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:26 PM

9. Fishee indeed

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:58 PM

3. I wonder if this news is coming out because O'Brien isn't toeing the line:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/22/alllow-catholic-priests-marry-cardinal

I've seen people raising objections to O'Brien and to Mahoney voting in the conclave. Mahoney, perceived by many as a liberal, was denounced by his Opus Dei successor a few weeks back.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:08 PM

4. "Anti-Gay Cardinal Keith O'Brien..."

" ...(Cardinal O'Brien) had been reported to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behavior stretching back 30 years."

Must be a Republican!

Or a Christian Evangelical.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:58 PM

5. He did not say mass publicly this morning.

They said he was getting legal advice.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 06:28 PM

6. "What happens in the rectory...stays in the rectory"?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:53 AM

10. Good God

How long has this crap been going on?

can't the catholic church just draw the line and get all the perverts out?

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:22 PM

13. Ah.

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:08 AM

15. Maybe he's just retiring to go live in the Vatican

Surely they have space set aside for him to live out his life in contemplative prayer.

How dare they resign, er, retire from, the job that God Hisself called them to do? Are they Quitters, like half time Sarah Palin?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:17 PM

12. If the men involved were all adults maybe they should make him a saint

Seriously, the church has worse problems than a man hitting on other men.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:31 AM

14. Inappropriate is in the eye of the beholder.

I have a sneaking suspicion that his "inappropriate" behavior consisted of suggesting that clergy should be allowed to marry, a clear violation of church teachings. If he was molesting they'd just shuffle, obfuscate, and eventually pay out, like always.

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:07 PM

16. THAT I believe could be the truth.

 

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