Yes, well now isn’t this a terribly awkward subject? It’s timing is definitely politically motivated and he should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Making awkward homosexual advances to your subordinates is a terrible thing, but at the moment there seems to be no proof, only allegation.
Still I hope the gay community will not crow, especially if these claims prove to be true. It is the oldest story in the book that homophobes are often angry precisely because they are projecting outwards their discomfort with something they have done and suppressed internally. Sadly I do think some of the things said by Cardinal O’Brien, in the way they were communicated, by his errant press officer, were homophobic. It reminds me of the time I was an evangelical christian railing against homosexuality, talk about throwing stones in glass houses.
The Catholic faith absolutely is not homophobic, it is not a sin to be gay. I have had a priest tell me to get out of the confessional if I don’t have something to confess when I’ve mentioned it. The Catholic faith accepts people for who they are because the Catholic faith has had an infinitely broader experience of human nature than any other religion I can think of and every priest will have had his eyes opened when he listens to endless confessions in Persona Christi.
If you want to understand the gospels you need to place yourself in the place of the sinners, the possessed, the broken and the humble masses that Jesus ministered to. If you think God takes your advice its time to take a humility pill.