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The four men whose accusations led to the resignation of Britain’s leading Catholic cleric are rejecting suggestions that they were part of a “gay cabal” seeking “revenge” for the cardinal’s publicly anti-gay stance.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigned last month after claims of inappropriate behavior towards several priests came to light. His four accusers are dismissing reports that quote church sources saying O’Brien was forced to quit by gay priests angry at his hypocrisy about same-sex marriages, the UK Guardian reports.
“This isn’t about people being gay. It’s about abuse of power,” said “Father Peter”, who revealed in the Observer report which broke the story that he had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the cardinal that led to him needing counseling. “The emotional and psychological power Keith O’Brien had over me was incredible. He was utterly manipulative.”
Curiously, the most vocal segment of Irish society in matters of sex and sexuality are also usually the ones who would prefer if matters of sex and sexuality were never discussed, anywhere, ever.
How’s that for a bit of Irish irony?
It’s because, since the foundation of the state, Ireland has always done a bang up job of providing comprehensive sex education to it’s youth.
Choosing traditional teaching sites like tree huts, bike sheds, piers, abandoned council estates, quiet alleyways, changing rooms, porn on the internet, scout camps and all too often local sacristies, generations of Irish boys and girls have learned the facts of life from their informed elders in countless unexpected ways, occasionally involving non-consensual demonstrations.
Because when you don’t know the facts, its much harder to make informed choices about anything, isn’t it?
But don’t tell that to the nations most conservative parents and religious organizations, because they they can’t see any sign of failure at all.
Stood down for a second time … Father Tom Knowles. Photo: Angela Wylie
THE Catholic Church has removed a leading Australian priest who sexually preyed on a disabled and vulnerable woman in NSW.
In an embarrassing U-turn, the Melbourne Archdiocese has removed Father Tom Knowles from one of the nation’s busiest churches just weeks after reinstating him.
The move comes after revelations by Fairfax Media last month that a confidential church inquiry had found he had an improper sexual relationship with disabled woman Jennifer Herrick for 14 years in NSW.
As a result of this inquiry, Father Knowles was put on administrative leave for 16 months but was returned to active ministry in January.