Church ‘credibility and moral authority’ have been undermined in Scotland
Archbishop Tartaglia speaks at Lenten Mass in Glasgow on Church problems in the wake of Cardinal O’Brien’s admission of sexual conduct below the standards expected
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow said last night the Scottish Church’s ‘credibility and moral authority have been undermined’ in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation but that the Church would endure.
Cardinal O’Brien released a statement on Sunday saying his sexual conduct had ‘fallen below the standards’ expected of him. He resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh on Monday 25 February after accusations of inappropriate behavior by three priests and an ex-priest were made public and will no play no part in the public life of the Church.
Archbishop Tartaglia, the newly appointed apostolic administrator for St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese, it was a ‘a sad moment for the Church in our country.’ He made the comment in his homily at a Lenten station Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, last night.
“The events around Cardinal O’Brien, his resignation, his statement, have left us all very sad, both for him, for everyone involved and for the Church,” he said. “We need to pray for our sister archdiocese, our brothers and sisters in Christ and in the Catholic Church.”
The Glasgow Archbishop said that the Church could not ignore the accusations of hypocrisy that the situation had generated.
“Many reproaches have been aimed at the Church and at individuals over this matter,” he said. ”I think there is little doubt that the credibility and moral authority of the Catholic Church in Scotland has been dealt a serious blow, and we will need to come to terms with that.”
Archbishop Tartaglia then assured the congregation at the cathedral and the wider Scottish Church that ‘this sad time for the Catholic Church in Scotland will also pass.’
“We will endure it with prayer and patience and hope,” he said. ”We will be able to put it in perspective as time goes on. We will not forget for a long time, but we will heal and we will carry on.”