|Cardinal O'Brien, left, greets Pope Benedict XVI
In a news story Saturday, three priests and a former priest were said to have filed complaints with the Vatican alleging that O'Brien -- an outspoken opponent of homosexuality -- acted inappropriately (a code word for sexually) with them, apparently in the 1980's. O'Brien is contesting the allegations.
O'Brien seems to hope he will not become a piece of dandruff on the Vatican's immaculate shoulders. He may be just one flake, but every flake counts in the battle against unsightliness.
More pronounced in an unsightly world, the pope has "decided that the contents of a secret investigation into the 2012 leaks of Vatican documents won't be shared with the cardinals ahead of the conclave. The leaked documents revealed petty wrangling, corruption, cronyism and even allegations of a gay plot at the highest levels of the Catholic Church." Benedict said the contents should be left to the discretion of the new pope, whoever he (not she) might be.
The upshot is that the cardinals might conceivably elect as pope someone who had, himself, been culpable in the dysfunctions probed by the investigation.
It might all be as ludicrous as the scene with the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," but of course dandruff is no laughing matter among those who wish to be impeccably attired.
O Lord! Where is thy shampoo?!