Make the Catholic church pay for its
shameful silence | Kevin McKenna
The campaign by some in the Catholic church to limit the damage following Cardinal Keith O'Brien's downfall was sadly inevitable. What could not have been foreseen,
though, was how nasty and ham-fisted it would turn out to be. Catherine Deveney's revelations in the Observer last
month that three Scottish priests and a former priest had complained to the Vatican of being victims of inappropriate conduct by O'Brien exposed what many of us had long
feared: that the leadership of the church in Scotland is rotten to the core and not fit for purpose whatsoever, for being a criminal and an abuser when claiming to be a
'representative of Christ' to conceal his true intentions.
The response by what passes for the Catholic church authorities since Deveney's game-changing story only lends credence to this assertion. No pastoral outreach to
these four men, each of whom believes they have a God-given vocation to serve His church, has been forthcoming. Instead, they have been subjected to a whispering campaign of innuendo and
half-baked supposition. Incredibly, several influential Catholics, who really ought to have known better, have made shrill calls for the priests to "out" themselves. Last week it was suggested
that they were motivated by little more than personal malice against O'Brien and that their claims amounted to a conspiracy to bring him down.