Cardinal O'Brien has just released the following statement:
"During these past few difficult days, I have had cause to reflect upon my life, both in the Church and on a more personal level. It is therefore time for me to admit, to myself and to others, that I am gay and always have been gay.
On a few occasions, some years ago, I tried to take advantage of a number of men, to whom I felt emotionally attracted. This was very wrong, because I was in a position of influence and authority over these men and I deeply and sincerely apologise for any hurt my behaviour has caused to them. My behaviour was also hypocritical, because, at the same time, I was upholding the Church's teaching regarding homosexual relations.
I do not believe there is anything wrong with a relationship between freely consenting adults, regardless of their sexual orientation. I also believe we should welcome any couple, whether heterosexual or homosexual, who wish to declare their love in an act of marriage
Expecting any human being to live a life devoid of mutually consensual love and sexual intimacy is simply wrong. Such expectations have led to so much strife within the Roman Catholic Church. It is sad that it has taken me almost 75 years to realize this, but we never stop learning."
Okay, so he didn't say that, but how refreshing it would be if he did.