He opposed gay equality while having...
Catholic church is hotbed of homosexuality & homophobia
London - 25 February 2013
"Cardinal O'Brien condemned homosexuality as a grave sin and was a long-time opponent of gay equality. He supported homophobic discrimination in law, including the current ban on same-sex marriage.
"In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical. He appears to have preached one thing in public while doing something different in private,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
He was commenting on the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric, over allegations of “inappropriate” behaviour with male priests.
"Several other prominent opponents of equal marriage are guilty of double standards and vulnerable to similar exposure. They include anti-gay clergy and politicians,” added Mr Tatchell.
"It is estimated that around 40% of Catholic priests in Britain are gay, which makes the church's opposition to gay equality so two-faced and absurd.
"A significant proportion of all Cardinals worldwide is thought to be gay.
"Recent revelations in Italy have alleged the existence of a gay mafia within the Vatican, including senior Cardinals and other Vatican officials, and their participation in gay bars, clubs, saunas, chat rooms and male prostitution services.
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"The Vatican is shamelessly championing homophobia and the denial of legal equality to gay people, while hosting a hotbed of secret, guilt-ridden clerical homosexuality," said Mr Tatchell