Not about Knitting
I don’t think a public event has left me as sad as Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation since the day they shot Kennedy.
I feel that the four priests who have destroyed him should now come forward and tell us their names and give us some hint as to what the “inappropriate behaviour” consisted of. It could be anything from an unwanted hug to buggery. When the Jimmy Saville story began to break, we very soon had real women with real names telling us what Saville had done to them. And it was not at all nice. Cardinal O’Brien deserves no less.
There is no hint as to their identities that Google can find for me. I don’t Tweet – there may be clues there.
We bought the Observer on Sunday. The original story is not very long and not very specific. All the rest, around the world, derives from that article. There is no other information, unless you happen to be the Papal Nuncio. But even from that little it can be deduced that the four complainers were grown men when the “inappropriate behaviour” may have happened. There is no question of child abuse. No crime was committed, unless they’re saying O’Brien actually raped them.
Sarah JS provided the link to the Washington Post article in yesterday’s final comment – it’s so long that I’m not going to risk copying and pasting. Have a look, please. The story is the Observer rehashed. Read some of the comments. There are hundreds.
I was absolutely horrified. Writer after writer assumes that Keith O’Brien is a paedophile, a rapist, an active homosexual who has been “caught with his pants down”. (What hope for the jury system if even people who read the Washington Post can’t think?) And he will have to spend the rest of his life meeting people every day who believe such things of him.
Only last week, he gave a television interview in which he was happily looking forward to ending his days as the parish priest in
(He turns 75 next month, and had already tendered his resignation from the
to the Pope.) My husband thinks even that may be impossible now. Edinburgh
One thing is for sure – those four priests hate Cardinal O’Brien. They have hated him for a long time. They’ve got their revenge, all right. Much may it profit them.
My husband’s editor is coming to see us today – I think is making the journey from
that purpose. He’s new to the job. We haven’t met him. We have invited him to
join us on the cloud in Dropbox; he took up the invitation with commendable