Posts Tagged ‘Keith O’Brien’

History’s former cardinals Comments 0

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Although Scottish archbishop Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien – who has just been divested of his cardinalatial rights and powers (participation in the Conclave and in Consistories) – gets to formally keep the title of cardinal, it remains just that, a decorative title devoid of any significance. As such, he joins a list of 23 other Read more

Catholic Cardinals rarely retire Comments 0

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Only five Catholic cardinals, considered princes of the church who vote for the pope, have resigned — or been kicked out – since 1791. When British Cardinal Keith O’Brien announced his resignation Monday as a Scottish archbishop, he also said he would not do the most important task of a cardinal: vote for the next Read more

Britain’s top Catholic urges all Christians to wear cross Comments 0

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric has urged Christians to wear a cross every day, following a number of cases in which people say their employers have barred them from doing so.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, will call in his Easter Sunday homily for Christians to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives”.

“I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ, not in any ostentatious way, not in a way that might harm you at your work or recreation, but a simple indication that you value the role of Jesus Christ in the history of the world, that you are trying to live by Christ’s standards in your own daily life,” he will say in a service in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

“I hope that increasing numbers of Christians adopt the practice of wearing a cross in a simple and discreet way as a symbol of their beliefs.”

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Blair at odds with his new Church; supports gay marriage Comments 1

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Tony Blair, Britain’s former Labour Prime Minister and a Catholic convert, has come out in support of Conservative efforts to provide a way for gay and lesbian couples to marry. Blair, who introduced same-sex civil unions to Britain, is reported as telling friends that he “strongly supports” plans for gay marriage. Blair’s support of gay Read more

Cardinal asks why not redefine marriage as three men or women Comments 2

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Madness, a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right, and a redefinition of reality is how Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland described proposals to redefine marriage so as to allow same-sex unions. In a hard-hitting column in the Sunday Telegraph, O’Brien went on to ask: ‘If marriage can be redefined so that it Read more

Church leaders welcome announcement on Royal Succession Comments 1

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Catholic Church leaders in the UK and Scotland have welcomed today’s announcement on the Royal Succession by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Perth,  Australia. The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: “I welcome the Read more

UK nuclear weapons labelled “Shameful” Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Addressing a rally outside the Faslane naval base on Gare Loch, Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien labelled the UK Government’s nuclear weapons “shameful.” He urges the govenment to “do the right thing” and give up the weapons. Quoting the words of Pope Benedict XVI, he said: “In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only Read more