The dirt just keeps on coming out about disgraced Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien and it underscores his utter hypocrisy in attacking gays and gay marriage. And, I suspect, O'Brien is but one of many in the Church hierarchy who preach against gay Catholics and gay civil rights and marriage even as they engage in physical same sex relationships themselves or molest subordinates and altar boys. The irony is that O'Brien's anti-gay stridency in his official position may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, if you will, and pushed those with whom he had been sexually intimate to to decide to take him down. The phenomenon is similar to what led to former Congressman Ed Schrock's down fall: he voted consistently anti-gay in Congress yet sought same sex hook ups and tryst. The hypocrisy caused myself and others to ultimately help out him. The moral is that if one is in the closet and playing around, being publicly anti-gay is the last thing one should do. A piece in The Scotland Herald looks at what seems to have triggered the actions of O'Brien's acusers. Here are highlights:
Cardinal Keith O'Brien had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his behaviour sparked his downfall as leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland.The man left the priesthood in the middle of the last decade but rejoined and is living on the continent in a post the cardinal helped him secure.The complainant is known to have been in regular telephone contact with Cardinal O'Brien until recently and was a frequent visitor to St Benets, his official residence in Edinburgh's Morningside.