Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh has repeatedly raised doubts about mandatory clerical celibacy in the Roman Church. In 2002, just prior to being named cardinal, he went on record as being open to changes in this discipline and was promptly hounded into silence by some oversensitive, self-identified “traditionalists” in Scotland and elsewhere. Yet he stuck his head up again in May 2005-just after Pope Benedict XVI took office-raising...
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