that could be expected from him. He has apologised.
Statement from Cardinal O'Brien "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."
I still wonder why the matter was revealed now and not years earlier. I hope that will be investigated in due course.
I am reminded of what St. Francis de Sales* said: "It is not hypocrisy to speak better than we act. If it were, good Lord, we would all have to remain silent"
* It may have been St. John Chrysostom ( I cannot lay hand on the relevent book at the moment