Archbishop O'Brien Forced to Back Down & Recant

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 10, 2003

Cardinal-designate Archbishop Keith O'Brien (of St. Andrews-Edinburgh) shocked many ingenuous Catholics when, almost immediately after the announcement of his elevation, he called for "dialogue" on Church teaching regarding contraception, clerical celibacy, and homosexuality. He didn't get away with it. Yesterday he made, as is customary, the standard act of faith required of all bishops. However, with his elbow twisted into his ear (by several Vatican heavies, according to well-founded rumor), he also made the following unique ad hoc profession:

I further state that I accept and intend to defend the law on ecclesiastical celibacy as it is proposed by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church; I accept and promise to defend the ecclesiastical teaching about the immorality of the homosexual act; I accept and promise to promulgate always and everywhere what the Church's Magisterium teaches on contraception. So help me God and these Holy Scriptures which I touch with my hand.

Does he believe any of it? Probably not. He's a "team player." But it's somewhat reassuring to know that someone still found it necessary to make him swallow his cocky dissent.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 13, 2003 10:46 PM ET USA

    I prefer hope to cynicism. And passion for the truth is truly a grace from God. Our Lord draws us all from darkness into light by His own mysterious methods. "For the sake of the precious blood of your beloved Son, Father-God, finish this work that You have started!"

  • Posted by: DCpa - Oct. 13, 2003 12:39 PM ET USA

    This reminds me of the oath of loyalty Thomas Cranmer took before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII. He did what was necessary to get the job from the Pope. Once he has what he wants. All bets are off. The Vatican would have done better by cancelling the announcement of his elevation, and giving the hat instead to the Archbishop of Glasgow.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2003 10:07 PM ET USA

    Verax, Thankfully, I am a subscriber to Magnificat; it has the Nicene in Latin and English; is the English translation okay? If not I'm tempted to recite it in Latin, while the rest of the congregation mouths it in English. Of course, in Canada, we do the Apostles Creed normally, as we don't wish to get carried away with our Catholicism; no sense cutting in line in heaven or anything pushy. Perhaps the Parish Council tea ladies can invite me to a meeting to "dialogue" about this.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2003 12:28 AM ET USA

    The abominable error of patripassionic adoptionism is not promoted by the Nicene Creed as recited [with correct translatlions] in our Byzantine Rite and Anglican Use Catholic Churches. So, it's not the whole Catholic Church in USA [and elsewhere?] that is led astray by the "smarty translators" {translators ???] imported from the zombie kintergartens by ICEL. Do you want to recite a "profession of faith" which denies our belief in the bed-rock doctrine of Christianity ? I decline to do so.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2003 7:36 PM ET USA

    GOR: U r an inspiration! Please look at frightful mistranslation of Nicene Creed used in USA. "Things seen & unseen"(VISIBLE beings)=de facto denial of angels, INVISIBLE beings. But infinitely worse: "ONE in BEING with the Father"=denial of Trinity. If ONE IN BEING, then he IS the Father. Thus ancient error of patripassionatic adoptionism revisited. Some omit, because they don't want Jesus to be MAN, but better reason to omit is: it's grossly erroneous. Both Greek & Latin affirm CONSUBSTANTIAL.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 11:51 PM ET USA

    Interesting excerpt for wee Scotland: "Following a number of requests please find below the full text of the Profession of Faith taken by Cardinal Designate Keith Patrick O'Brien" I wonder how many requests?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 11:42 PM ET USA

    Thucydides (Landmark Edition), Book 3, 3.38 [4] page 177 paperback edition: (Cleon criticizes the Athenians for permitting clever points of debate to distract them from obvious facts.) Not sure if Thucydides is being taught much these days in St Andrews-Edinburgh area.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 11:05 PM ET USA

    Ahem. I notice that Diogenes aphorism at the end of this post has been revised or edited. I acquiesce to the Editorial staff on this, and am lodging no complaint. However, I would like it to be known that this was the funniest thing that I've ever read from Diogenes, in my opinion, whatever it may be worth. Laughter is close to Metaphysics.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 8:17 PM ET USA

    Just talked to a technican while visiting my brother in the hospital. He told me of being a Catholic and being an altar boy years ago in his youth. When he found out that I was prolife, he revealed that he "Couldn't go along with the Church on that one" or words to that effect. Wonder how many people say they are Catholic, yet do not believe what the Church teaches. We need prelates who will cleary speak the truth in love because so many (40% of Catholics are prochoice) need to hear it

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 10:45 AM ET USA

    Well of course professing the Creed should be enough, shouldn't it? I mean it is all in there, isn't it? Doesn't every Cardinal, Bishop, Priest and us Layfolk profess to believe that at every Mass and sundry other times...? So what is the problem? Can't mean that we don't really believe what we're professing, can it? Never mind...

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 10:01 AM ET USA

    Team Player. It appears that the AFL team (Episco-Anglo) League has a few uppity draft picks; the NFL(Cathlo) needs to supplement their aging veterans with some young hungry straight ahead blockers. If we were to do a massive one time trade; with all the Kumbaya folks going to Episco-Anglo and the Ortho Petting Zoo types coming over to Cathlo then we would have a "win-win". Of course, we'd be on a level playing field then wouldn't we? The Pro Bowl would be an interesting contest too.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 10, 2003 9:40 AM ET USA

    My memory is a little faulty these days, but weren't the consequences of Apostasy a little different for 17th century Portugese missionaries in Japan and the Early Greek Church Fathers in or around 400 AD? I really do think a few more public announcements by the Pontiff's Communications team that certain clerics have taken a vow of silence, holed up in a monastery for awhile(say 10-20 years) would get a word even to our grammatically challenged, noun verbing brethren.