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.