Back in February, Cardinal Keith O’Brien was accused of having inappropriate contract with 4 priests in incidents stretching back over 30 years (one has since left the priesthood).
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.
Following those allegations, which he admitted, he resigned and did not participate in the election of the new Pope in March. The next step would be a police investigation to determine if he abused his position of power over the men. Not bloody fucking likely.
The latest press release on the topic from the Vatican is that O’Brien is heading to Rome.
Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien will be spending several months in penance and prayer outside of Scotland after meeting with Pope Francis, according to the Vatican.
The Vatican press office released a one-paragraph statement on May 15 which says that Cardinal O’Brien “for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer, and penance.”
The support from the Vatican is expected as he has been a staunch supporter of the Catholic stance on gay rights.
Due to retire in April, O’Brien had been an outspoken opponent of gay rights, condemning homosexuality as immoral, opposing gay adoption, and most recently arguing that same-sex marriages would be “harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of those involved”.
O’Brien was named “bigot of the year” in 2012 by the gay rights charity Stonewall.