I believe the allegations against “Cardinal” Keith O’Brien because of the Moorov doctrine. Moorov was a shop owner, who sexually assaulted his shop assistants. Because there was no evidence other than the word of the woman, denied by Moorov, for each incident, there was no corroboration as previously understood: but the similarity in the women’s descriptions was held to be sufficient corroboration. You can say “It wisnae me, Ah didnae” once and be given the benefit of the doubt, but- four times?
The priests making the allegations may be assumed to have the priest’s commitment to integrity, and those still in orders will know the harm the allegations may do them.
O’Brien won the Bigot of the Year title because of this striking article, in which he compares the introduction of equal marriage to the reintroduction of slavery. What? Keith, babes, really- marriage is not like slavery. Really, it’s not. Or perhaps I have an idealistic view, never having been married. Onywye. He calls it the abrogation of a universal human right, rather than the acknowledgment of one.
I do not think he is a hypocrite, though. I think he has proper Catholic guilt about the priests he made passes at, and especially those who succumbed to him. That idea that gay relationships are harmful to mental and physical health: he really believes it.
That a man gifted enough to reach the top of such a vast organisation-1.2bn people- should hate himself as he is made so much, because of the doctrines of that “Christian” church, appals me. This vile and pitiable man, preying on those he had power over because he could not find a partner his church could recognise-
Some in the Catholic leadership will take the wrong lesson from this. They will say that it is even more important that no gay man enter their seminaries. Which is a shame, because as they have excluded women, contrary to the example of Jesus and Paul, gay men are their next best source of the gifts of pastoral care.