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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Exposure is the problem, not the hypocrisy.

 Cardinal Keith O'Brien Sex Scandal 'A Serious Blow' To Catholic Church In Scotland

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces an investigation by the Vatican

Speaking at a ceremony at St Andrew's Cathedral, Archbishop Tartaglia said: "This is a sad moment for the Church in our country. The events around Cardinal O'Brien, his resignation, his statement of yesterday, have left us all very sad for everyone involved and for the Church.
Many reproaches have been aimed at the Church and at individuals over this matter.
The most stinging charge which has been levelled against us in this matter is hypocrisy, and for obvious reasons."  Huffington Post: 4th March 2013

Archbishop Tartaglia (pictured) is in temporary charge of Cardinal O’Brien’s former diocese
Archbishop Tartaglia

All the hand wringing and gnashing of teeth seems to have been brought about purely by the exposure of O'Brien. His subsequent statement that there had been, "times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal," and other indicators, suggest that the truth would have remained hidden in the Church along with incidents of a similar nature which have come to light over recent years. It is exposure that the church dreads, the hypocrisy they can live with, provided it remains hidden.