Tuesday, September 30, 2003

One of the New "Conservative" Cardinals

From Edinburgh Evening News - Top Stories - O'Brien in challenge to Catholic traditions:

"SCOTLAND’S new cardinal-elect has spoken out in favour of married priests, acknowledged there are gay clergy and suggested a review of the Vatican’s ban on contraception.
Archbishop Keith O’Brien said there could be no change in the church’s teaching on fundamental issues such as opposition to abortion, war and divorce.

But he called for 'full and open discussion' on other matters, including celibacy, married clergy and birth control.

Pope John Paul II’s choice of the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh as Scotland’s next cardinal caused some surprise because of his more liberal outlook. "