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Accuser Behind Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resignation Says Catholic Church Wants To ‘Crush’ Him

Cardinal Keith O'Brien's Accuser Says He Is Afraid if Roman Catholic Church

A former priest behind a bank of allegations that led to the resignation of the UK’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has launched a blistering attack on the Roman Catholic church’s reaction to the scandal while saying its leaders would “crush” him if they could.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, last week TheObserver revealed that the former priest — along with three active priests — had reported O’Brien’s alleged history of “inappropriate behavior” to the Vatican.

Ironically, the story broke a day after the Vatican’s spokesman called on the Italian media to stop miring ex-Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation in conspiracy theories, and a day before widespread media coverage on the O’Brien furor.

Less than 36 hours later, 74-year-old O’Brien, the UK’s most senior cleric and head of the Scottish Roman Catholic church resigned. It was later revealed that Cardinal O’Brien would not be voting in the upcoming conclave, BBC News reports.

Victory, one would think for the accusers? Not so.

According to The Guardian, the former priest, who says O’Brien subjected him to unwanted attention when he was a 20-year-old seminarian, is now speaking out about why he went public and to blast the Scottish Roman church leaders.

The unnamed former priest says he is “disappointed” by the “lack of integrity” in the Catholic church over the affair, telling The Observer:

“There have been two sensations for me this week. One is feeling the hot breath of the media on the back of my neck and the other is sensing the cold disapproval of the church hierarchy for daring to break ranks. I feel like if they could crush me, they would.”

Part of reason for his ire stems from a claim made by Peter Kearney, director of communications for the Scottish R.C church, that O’Brien’s resignation was not linked to the Observer story and that the church was unaware of the details of the allegations.

Following media requests for comment, Kearney referred reporters to Antonio Mennini, the Papal Nuncio, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain, while denying that he knew anything about a fifth priest with more allegations against O’Brien, said Gay Star News.

Meanwhile, the former priest is critical of the lack of emotional support he has been given by the church.

“The vacuum the church has created has allowed whimsy and speculation to distort the truth. And the only support I have been offered is a cursory email with a couple of telephone numbers of counselors hundreds of miles away from me,” he says. “Anyway, I don’t need counseling about Keith O’Brien’s unwanted behavior to me as a young man. But I may need counseling about the trauma of speaking truth to power.”

He added “I have felt very alone and there is a tendency to become reclusive when people are trying to hunt you down.” He went on to say he felt angered by widespread demands that the identity of the four complainants be made public: “To those who want to know my name I would say, what does that change? And what do you think I have done wrong?”

Accuser Behind UK Cardinal's Resignation Fears Catholic Church Wants To 'Crush' Him

The former cleric says that when the four came forward, they were warned by authorities within the church that if their complaints became public knowledge it would cause “immense further damage to the church.”

“For me, this is about integrity, ” he says. “I thought it was best to let the men and women who put their hard-earned cash in the plate every Sunday know what has been happening. If you pay into something you have a right, but also a duty, to know what you are paying for.”

He is keen to stress that the men’s complaints were not borne of malice:

“This isn’t about trying to own the moral high ground. I feel compassion for O’Brien, more compassion than the church is showing me, but the truth has to be available – even when that truth is hard to swallow.”

The former priest also insists the accusations were not homophobic. “This is not about a gay culture or a straight culture. It’s about an open culture. I would be happy to see an openly gay bishop, cardinal, or pope. But the church acts as if sexual identity has to be kept secret.”

The story behind the complainants’ struggle to reveal what they endured and — in some cases, still do — is told here in excruciating detail and in a full report at Mail Online.

Capping as it does a week that saw the departure of an ageing, unfit Pope and news that the conclave to decide the next one has been brought forward, it remains to be seen what the next era of Catholicism will bring.

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4 Responses to “Accuser Behind Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resignation Says Catholic Church Wants To ‘Crush’ Him”

  1. Albert Cooper

    Maybe a coward fighting his corner with anonimity.

  2. Macdonald Bank

    The Bible should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules:
    Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.”.
    Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination ….”.

    Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

    Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return… it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

    It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people; such a wicked fantasy.

    I am the son of a catholic father who never went to church and a protestant mother who took us to church and Sunday school. Onward christian soldiers; I think not. Such absolute drivel. To be manipulated by a santa claus; an easter bunny and worst of all a bogus cross?

    It’s now time to shut down the synagogues and churches with the torah & bibles with Leviticus 18:22 and Deuteronomy 13:12-16. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and peoples’ lives — is shameful.

    Many theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! Churches are committing hate crimes and more succinctly a violent criminal offence against a federally protected minority namely the gay community. It is actually a bigger moment in history … gays standing up for equality… the realization that there is something far more evil at work — hateful religion which should be discharged from society – period.

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