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Cardinal O'Brien scandal reminds us of corruption before the Protestant Reformation Comments

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted to engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct while serving as a priest, He has resigned from his post and said he will not continue to serve within the Church. The Vatican is investigating. Continue Reading

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  1. Frederick Liewehr
    2 years ago

    This sounds to me like a case of mistakes made a long time ago that have undoubtedly been confessed and have not been repeated. It apparently is not a case of pedophilia or abuse of power, simply sexual sin. It would appear that the Cardinal saw the light and has been an opponent of homosexuality ever since. Clergy are just as subject to temptation as the rest of us are; indeed the Devil undoubtedly finds them more attractive targets. Like us, they may repent and be forgiven of their sins. Jesus forgave the harlot, and then told her to go and sin no more. It certainly sounds like the Cardinal did just that. If God can forgive him, we should, too.

  2. Ben in SoCal
    2 years ago

    Celibacy was not enforced from the earliest times. It has been present within the Church since the beginning, but it was not the only reality. It was not until Pope Gregory VII declared mandatory celibacy in the 12th century, hardly an original binding doctrine of the original Church.

    And, since 1980 when Pope John Paul II instituted the Pastoral Provision for married ex-Anglican clergy, the Vatican has signified a renewed interest in married clergy. Pope Benedict has continued and progressed that policy with the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus and establishing the Personal Ordinariates. They are permanent fixtures for the universal Catholic Church.

    Celibacy is a moveable discipline of the Church, not an immutable doctrine of the Apostles. It will show great humility on behalf of the Roman hierarchy to offer a veritable "Olive branch" to a laity deeply wounded by the sex abuse crisis. It is a devastating revelation that has helped launch a new "Protest" Rebellion of sorts.

  3. mgm.
    2 years ago

    I,am sick of hearing on the radio a Church spokesmen with a feminine voice explaining away the latest scandal .Celibacy cuts a huge pool of mature Catholic men out of even considering the Church as a life.This is not medieval Europe when Churchmen would wangle positions for sons or nephews to take over a Bishopric or a rich Monastery.I got a feeling that the Church fears a influx of men that will look at the books and see what the Cardinal above and others were up to for years.

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