Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns after sex accusations

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland. Wikimedia photo courtesy Gavin Scott.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland. Wikimedia photo courtesy Gavin Scott.

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(RNS) Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Scotland resigned on Monday in the wake of explosive charges that he had made "inappropriate" sexual advances to three priests and a former seminarian, and said he would skip next month's conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

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  • This is only going to get worse unless and until the next Pope intiates a major reform effort that returns the Church leadership to an accountable consensual basis that Jesus and his early followers left behind.
    For an explanation, see my remarks as a retired Harvard trained international lawyer, “Next Pope Can Keep Every Cardinal Out of Jail Only If … “, accessible at:

  • Judy Jones

    You would hope there is someone within the college of cardinals who could be a pope with integrity, and who will start to take immediate decisive actions to stop these sex crimes against innocent children.
    Yet with that in mind, since all of these cardinals were promoted by popes we have our doubts, in fact some should be fired, including Mahony and O’Brien.

    So we hope that outside law enforcement will get more involved and investigate these crimes against humanity.
    Until high ranking church officials spend some time behind bars, nothing will change within this archaic secretive institution. As long as they can still get away with it, they have no reason to stop.

    Children are safest when child predators and those who enable and conceal their crimes are held responsible.
    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.,
    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  • Kevan Scott

    One would think that with 115 voting cardinals that they could find just one with the same values as Christ. The question is will they vote for that person or vote for the one who has played Vatican politics the best over the last decade or so? I’m hoping that the next Pope will focus more on the love of Christ than the supposed judgement of God. It was said that “faith without works is dead” and isn’t love for God and others said to be the greatest work?

  • Haley

    I agree with you. It makes me question the entire church. Why does this continue to happen? We’re going to make mistakes, but the same mistakes are happening over and over again. This is a bit off topic, but do you think we rely too much on religious leaders rather than the word of God?

  • CMR

    [Matthew 23:1-12] 23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying: 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses. 3 Therefore all the things they tell YOU, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but do not perform. 4 They bind up heavy loads and put them upon the shoulders of men, but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger. 5 All the works they do they do to be viewed by men; for they broaden the [scripture-containing] cases that they wear as safeguards, and enlarge the fringes [of their garments]. 6 They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front seats in the synagogues, 7 and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by men. 8 But YOU, do not YOU be called Rabbi, for one is YOUR teacher, whereas all YOU are brothers. 9 Moreover, do not call anyone YOUR father on earth, for one is YOUR Father, the heavenly One. 10 Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for YOUR Leader is one, the CHRIST. 11 But the greatest one among YOU must be YOUR minister. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.