Top UK Catholic resigns after allegedly being captured by sexual abberation


32 Responses to “Top UK Catholic resigns after allegedly being captured by sexual abberation”

  1. peregrinus says:

    Cardinal sin.

  2. welcomeabored says:

    “hardened his stance”?  Oh no he didn’t!

    Meanwhile, in Vegas, does this change the odds significantly on the ‘Italian Regional’ candidates?

  3. Funny, I usually describe catholic church ministers as “captives of dogmatic aberrations”…

  4. gracchus says:

    A conservative Christian who’s a public voice for anti-gay bigotry turns out to be a closet case who used his position of authority to prey on the vulnerable, you say? Who’d’ve seen that one coming?

    Any indications if he’s part of the Vatican’s “velvet mafia” (now with real velvet!) that the Italian press discussed in regard to a blackmail scheme?

  5. voiceinthedistance says:

    Great to see that religious and moral hypocrisy aren’t confined to our shores here in America.  Fundamentalists may have perfected the craft, but the Catholic church has been honing their skills longer.  

    To his credit, he confined his efforts to his own kind, vs. ruining the lives of children.  I’m sure Ratzinger gave him an “Atta Boy” for that point.

    • $19428857 says:

       “..his own kind.. ” comes off as a little like “those people”.

      • voiceinthedistance says:

        Not a little like “those people”, EXACTLY like it.  I don’t denigrate him for his gayness, but for his egregious hypocrisy.

        I could care less who he copulates with, as long as he doesn’t rail against others who engage in the very same behavior he uses his pulpit to preach against.

    • smut clyde says:

      he confined his efforts to his own kind, vs. ruining the lives of children

      It’s as if the element of consent is what made it a sackable offense.

  6. tonbo says:

    He isn’t a hardline conservative, he recently had an interview where he wanted the next pope to consider women priests and married priests… He’s considered a liberal radical more than a conservative hardliner.

  7. Brainspore says:

    But he was preying on post-adolescents! This is progress people!

  8. Boundegar says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the (rumored) breaking scandal behind Benedict’s resignation?  Also, spelling error in the headline.

  9. CaptainPedge says:

    Candidate for next pope?

  10. $19428857 says:

    This may be pedantic, but O’Brien isn’t the the “top UK Catholic”. He was the top Catholic of Scotland. The Catholic Church is organized into national churches within Catholicism. Ireland, England and Wales, and Scotland each have their own, co-equal primate, although they are not called that in England and Wales or Scotland for political and legal reasons dating back to the dissolution of the Catholic hierarchy in the UK in 1653. To call him the “top UK Catholic” implies a higher, non-existent role for O’Brien.

  11. CNN is reporting that the resignation has been planned since November for his 75th birthday. If true, this is not sudden and not because of newly revealed allegations. However, the date has been moved up, ahead of Pope’s resignation, and I couldn’t get a clear understanding why that mattered. The date change may be related to the allegations.

  12. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    *makes a note in the records*
    Once again those screaming the loudest have the most to hide.

  13. l337n00b says:

    Sex with adult men… forced to resign.  Sex with children… protected.

    Thanks Catholic church!

    (In no way meant to suggest he shouldn’t resign, I don’t know the facts on the ground and it is quite possible that he is guilty of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or something else resign-worthy)

  14. Xof says:

    “Top” does not exclusively mean “supreme commander / superior.” As no rational person would argue that a Cardinal is not higher in honor and dignity (and, thus, rank) than an Archbishop, the headline is exactly correct.

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