After at first denying everything, then pretending his problems never existed, just like his Vatican bosses…Cardinal Â Keith O’Brien has finally done something the Pope never had the courage to do before skulking off into ‘retirement’…admitted to being a dodgy ratbag.
Cardinal Keith Oâ€™Brien, formerly the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the UK, signalled that he did make homosexual advances towards young men.
He confessed that his â€śsexual conduct has fallen below the standards expectedâ€ť and asked for forgiveness from those he had â€śoffendedâ€ť, as well as the entire Catholic Church and the people of Scotland.
The former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh â€“ who only a week ago was on course to take part in the election of the next Pope â€“ said he would now withdraw completely from public life.
His admission came as fresh details emerged of the allegations of â€śinappropriateâ€ť behaviour against him by four men â€“ three priests and one former priest.Â
For the first time, it emerged that the accusations included attempting to touch, kiss, or have sex with them.
One of the accusers also claimed that the Church wanted to â€ścrushâ€ť him and that he had been warned not to let the allegations become public or risk â€śimmense damageâ€ť to it.
The admission leaves the Church in disarray and will have a devastating effect on its attempt to get its message across.
Cardinal Oâ€™Brien was the most high-profile and outspoken opponent of gay marriage in Britain, condemning it as a â€śgrotesque subversionâ€ť.
He warned that the plans, supported by the governments in Westminster and Holyrood, would open the way to â€śfurther aberrationsâ€ť and said society â€śwould be degenerating even further than it already has into immorality.â€ť
His comments earned him the title â€śBigot of the Yearâ€ť from the gay rights group Stonewall.