Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sympathising with Cardinal's predicament

I sympathise with Cardinal Keith O'Brien's predicament.

Against what is clearly a genuine and deep faith held by him, the doctrines of his religion prevented him, firstly, from having any instinctive physical contact with a human and, secondly, from having it with the gender of his choice.

How much more evidence will the Roman Catholic Church need to rethink its stances on both celibacy and homosexuality?

The former is founded on not much more than guesswork that Christ was celibate, the latter on the almost barbaric text of Leviticus and a few loose ends in the New Testament.

Cardinal O'Brien is not a sinful, or wicked, man, simply human, like the rest of us. Can the next Pope please bring some common sense into the Church's attitude to sex and sexuality?

GREG PURNELL

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