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Vatican Letting Cardinal O’Brien Slide on That Whole Gay Sex Scandal Thing

Cardinal-Keith-OBrienThe Holy See is turning a blind eye-for-an-eye to yet another sex scandal by taking no further action over Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s admission of sexual misconduct following allegations by four priests.

O’Brien resigned as the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland in February after four priests accused him of inappropriate behavior prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s own resignation.

The priests, including one former priest, feared that if O’Brien had been allowed to participate in the conclave, their accusations would not have been addressed.

Imagine that.

Well, O’Brien didn’t participate in the election of Pope Francis I, but that didn’t stop the Vatican from ignoring the scandal surrounding the 75-year-old former Archbishop of St Andr­ews and Edinburgh anyway.

According to Scotland on Sunday, the Vatican has no active investigation into Cardinal O’Brien’s actions, and is keeping only a “loose watching brief” over his case:

It is understood that senior figures in the church do not believe a formal investigation is now warranted as he has already admitted and apologised for his behaviour. He has not been seen in public since stepping down as archbishop on February 25.

A source close to the Roman Curia, the Vatican’s civil service, said: “When an investigation takes place people expect some kind of public result of the investigation, but there is just no way there is going to be some kind of public examination and a published report on this matter. The Church doesn’t work that way.”

A second source also explained that the Vatican, whilst keeping a “loose watching brief” in case of further allegations against O’Brien, has not launched any official investigation.

This should come as good news to O’Brien (and possibly his longtime boyfriend) and maybe he’ll spend the rest of his retirement repenting for all that anti-gay crap he’s been slinging over the years. ‘Cause if he’s learned anything from this, it’s that saying sorry makes everything better.

Of course, try telling that to his four victims.

(h/t: PinkNews)