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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.”
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.