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Cardinal-elect disses Pope

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 01, 2003

Cardinal-elect Keith O'Brien of Aberdeen, Scotland, has called for a re-examination of Church stances on contraception, priestly celibacy, and homosexuality.

In the process, the humble prelate compared himself with St. Paul. And by inference, he suggested that the man who is planning to give him a red hat is not quite up to his speed.

How courageous is it to shoot off your mouth after you're named as a cardinal? Archbishop O'Brien has long been known as a "progressive," but he wasn't issuing such blunt statements in the weeks before the Pope's announcement.

Wouldn't you love to hear the Pope announce that he'd made a slight error in his announcement, and actually there are to be only 30 new cardinals, not 31?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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