More Scandal, Lies and Turmoil for the Catholic Church
Posted By: Adrian Garcia | Mar 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm EST[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]s if things couldn’t get any worse for the Pope-less catholic church, Britain’s most senior Catholic Cardinal Kieth O’Brien, admitted to sex acts in a vague apology issued today. The now former Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, resigned last week following published reports that he made unwanted sexual advances in the 1980s toward four priests in Scotland. The cardinal initially denied the claims of the four priests, but today he reversed course saying “I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest.” The full apology below:
In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.
However, I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.
To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness.
To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.
I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.
He also went on to compare ‘same-sex marriage’ to ‘Slavery’, he writes
Imagine for a moment that the Government had decided to legalise slavery but assured us that “no one will be forced to keep a slave”.
Would such worthless assurances calm our fury? Would they justify dismantling a fundamental human right? Or would they simply amount to weasel words masking a great wrong?
In a BBC interview, he also spoke out against same-sex marriage saying:
This is not the first time a high profile church leader has fallen from grace after it was revealed they were leading a double life as a gay man. Ted Haggard, once the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, was involved in a gay sex and drug scandal after a a male prostitute accused Haggard of paying him for sex over a three year period also accused him of using illegal drugs during his meetings. He has since apologized and has been open about his fall from grace and even took part in a documentary, “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” which focused on his scandal and the fallout it caused him and his family.
If the Cardinal thinks a vague apology will help to extinguish this ongoing scandal, he better think again. It has only seemed to draw more criticism of the church and raise more questions than answers.
Watch an ABC News Report on the Scandal (Recorded Before the Apology)