Worst Person Of The Week: Anti-Gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien Admits To Sex Acts

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.

More specific accusations by the four priests were revealed stating that O’Brien had attempted to touch, kiss, or have sex with them. Only after this ‘specific’ accusation was revealed did the Cardinal admit to his wrong doings today, after completely denying them just a few days ago. Although vague in not explicitly admitting to having inappropriate relations with the four priests in question, its still clear enough to read between the lines and see him as the hypocrite that he is. You see, Cardinal O’Brien was the most high-profile and outspoken opponent of gay marriage in Britain, and condemed the proposed legislation as a “grotesque subversion.” On 3 March, 2012, the Cardinal wrote an article in The Telegraph, an online UK newspaper. In his article, entitled “We cannot afford to indulge this madness,” he spoke out about the British lawmakers attempt to redefine marriage. He wrote:

Instead, their attempt to redefine reality is given a polite hearing, their madness is indulged. Their proposal represents a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.

He also went on to compare ‘same-sex marriage’ to ‘Slavery’, he writes

Disingenuously, the Government has suggested that same-sex marriage wouldn’t be compulsory and churches could choose to opt out. This is staggeringly arrogant. No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage.

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:

I’m just saying what would happen if same sex unions were defined as marriages. Further aberrations would be taking place and society would be degenerating even further than it has already degenerated into immorality.

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)