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

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

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