“Without courageous whistleblowers like Brian Devlin, we would never know the extent of the corruption
that facilitated O’Brien and others like him.” – Mary McAleese
“A searching but compassionate account of one of the greatest sex scandals in the Catholic Church in recent history” – Richard Holloway
As the papal conclave that was to choose Pope Francis was being called, a cardinal of the Catholic Church was exposed and took a monumental fall from grace. Since then, many more high-profile Catholic clerics have been confronted. One of four whistle blowers, former priest Brian Devlin relates what it took to uncover the sexual hypocrisy of Cardinal Keith O’Brien in this previously untold inside story. Making the effort to write not from a place of anger and hurt, he presents Cardinal Sin as an opportunity for the global Church to learn and change.
With far-reaching insights, the book offers genuine lessons to help avoid future horror stories involving Catholic leaders. The author asks the hard questions, analyses the harsh responses of the Catholic hierarchy and provides ways the Church can heal and regain the trust of its faithful.
Cardinal Sin: Challenging power abuse in the Catholic Church is a critical work for understanding how the Catholic Church does and should react when its senior figures are challenged.
About the Author
Brian Devlin was ordained a Catholic Priest in Edinburgh in 1985. Once the announcement that Keith O’Brien would be ordained as his Archbishop, he left the priesthood to work with heroin users in Leith. After a period in AIDS prevention, Brian gained management experience in the NHS, ending up as Director of PR. He now holds various charitable and voluntary roles.