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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pope Francis as a Pastor of Souls decides on Cardinal O'Brien

Our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis - ever the true Pastor of souls - has move quickly, deciding that Keith Cardinal O'Brien will retire to a Monastery to do penance. We should rejoice. Here is a man who has sinned horribly. Yet, in obeying the Holy Father, he has accepted his sin, and his penance. May we do likewise for our own sins.

Our Holy Father has moved to apply not only discipline and healing to the Church in Scotland, but, as a pastor of souls he is striving to bring Cardinal O'Brien to repentance, so that he too will be saved by the Blood of the Lamb. We should rejoice that Cardinal O' Brien has accepted with docility the order for repentence from the Supreme Pontiff. Let us offer aprayer of thanksgiving for Pope Francis' powerful and decisive actions, and let us equally offer a prayer for Cardinal O' Brien.


Vatican City, 15 May 2013 (VIS) – This afternoon, the Holy See Press Office issued the following press release: His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, archbishop emeritus of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer, and penance. Any decision regarding future arrangements for His Eminence shall be agreed with the Holy See.”

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