The hypocrisy of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor
Yet the hypocrisy is not only with Ivereigh. The Cardinal previously sacked his press secretary for no other reason than that he was gay. Stephen Noon was abruptly told that his sexuality was ‘incompatible’ with his position in the Church, and he therefore had to go. Since he was an official spokesman for the Cardinal, it was considered that there was no alternative because homosexual acts are regarded by the Church as a sin. It would be difficult to have a press secretary explaining that teaching, while at the same time violating it.
So, it seems that one may be involved in fornication, adultery and abortion, all against the teachings of the Church, and remain a spokesman for the Cardinal, but one may not be involved in homosexuality, against the teachings of the Church, and remain a spokesman. If the Cardinal would care to explain this to Cranmer, he would be appreciative.