News Broke this morning that Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned:
Cardinal O’Brien said in a statement he had already tendered his resignation, due to take effect when he turned 75 next month, but that Pope Benedict “has now decided that my resignation will take effect today”.
As the Observer reported:
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 behaviour stretching back 30 years.
The four, from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, have complained to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain, and demanded O’Brien’s immediate resignation. A spokesman for the cardinal said that the claims were contested.
This story has to be a double-edged sword for the MSM. They are of course pleased to see a Cardinal go down if they think it will harm the church.
But the truth is that if these charges are the least bit true the accelerated resignation of this Cardinal (which will be one of the last official acts of Pope Benedict) is not only very good for the Church but highlights a fact of the late Church scandals that the left would like to ignore.
That fact? The vast majority of the church scandals involving minors involved Homosexual acts and Homosexual priests.
Now as I’ve said many times before, a lot Christians fall into the trap of using the sin of Homosexual acts as a club rather than looking at their own sin but for the left this problem is different.
In the current culture any critique of any aspect of Homosexuality is VERBOTEN. As far as some Washington Post reporters are concerned, if you hold the Opinion on Gay Marriage that practically the entire world held 20 years ago you are Bull Connor with the fire hose
The reporter: “As for accuracy, should the media make room for racists, i.e. those people who believe that black people shouldn’t marry white people? Any story on African-Americans wouldn’t be wholly accurate without the opinion of a racist, right?
“Of course I have a bias. I have a bias toward fairness,” the reporter continued. “The true conservative would have the same bias. The true conservative would want the government out of people’s bedrooms, and religion out of government.”
And while John Nolte (a supporter of Civil Unions) notes this is all about weaponizing the issue for the left. This Cardinal is different; how do you weaponize acts that you support?
As Catholics who, you know actually believe, the point is to what is right period, our path is clear:
1. We should encourage and in fact demand the removal of any Such Bishop Cardinal or Priest who does anything this Bishop has done.
2. The moment the left brings up this case we should immediately counter with: “Yes this kind of Sin it totally incompatible with service in the church, particularly the hierarchy.”
3. When this is used as a club against the Pope, Note that the resignation was already in the works due to his age, it was THIS Pope who proactively took the resignation early.
4. (and most important) Pray for all involved.
BTW if you aren’t doing
3 #4 because you don’t like the people involved you are failing a basic duty of Christianity.