Embattled Cardinal O'Brien apologizes for 'my sexual conduct'
Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Scotland resigned last month.
March 3rd, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Embattled Cardinal O'Brien apologizes for 'my sexual conduct'

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Scotland, who has been dogged by allegations he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980s, said in a statement Sunday that "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal."

O'Brien, who resigned last month, did not explicitly state what he had done or what allegations against him are true. "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," he said in the statement.

He apologized "to those I have offended" and to "the Catholic Church and people of Scotland."

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  1. BOMBO

    We'd all have a lot more respect for him if he would just admit he was gay. He could even be an advocate for gays in the church. Unless he abused kids. Then, forget it.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Given that he admitted nothing until he found out the names of his accusers, I would have had more respect for him if he had stepped down while he was committing the deeds; it would have preserved a modicum of what little integrity he had. I guess the lure of the red hat proved to be too much.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Hey CNN , blocking my couple lines right away? Am I guilty of misconduct?

    March 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Monty Python

    Lets give this guy a 10yr prison stretch. Then he can truly find out what abuse is like firsthand. Eye for an eye, you know. -MP

    March 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubba

    You can't stop the bees from buzzing. Or the birds from chirping.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      what the birds and the bees do they do what is right instinctively and they do in accordance to god's will and in affirmation to their being...to the contrary man has free will to do what is right, he can also abuse this freedom, and thus deny his being and defy god's will...so you are comparing two different natures...man is not like the birds or the bees...

      March 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    March 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    Church and State, who rules the people affairs and who rules people spiritual destiny…the State is the devil, the church is the salvation from evil. The new Pope should be a strong young person politation like!! who,s mission should be to save the church of the world and people spiritual belief.., because the state is taking over.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    See how simple this was? I'm sorry, soooo, now we can move on! NOT!!! The RCC is imploding and cannot stop it!

    March 4, 2013 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |