There are many approaches one must take with the situation regarding Cardinal O'Brien. The first has been well put by Iain Dale about the fact we live in a culture where guilt is automatically assumed. I would add to that that it is compounded if anyone dislikes the accused for whatever major reason. For example I suspect more was made over the David Mellor/Antonia De Sancha scandal because Mellor inspires dislike in many area, whereas with regards to the Sir John Major/Edwina Currie scandal, that was not so bad for Major as many people, although shocked and disappointed, quite like Major as a person, although maybe that's not quite the case with Edwina Currie.
The second regards the comments on homosexuality made beforehand by Cardinal O'Brien. Let me say immediately that I am not saying or suggesting Cardinal O'Brien is gay, he may be, he may not be, that is that the point as such that I wish to make. Rather that it is interesting that some, not all, of the most virulent homophobic comments seem to come from those who have their own struggles with sexuality
But the overall point is a similar one to the problem facing the Liberal Democrats. The Roman Catholic Church, whilst thankfully working at changing this from what we have seen, seems to have a problem with dealing with such accusations. In light of it's abuse and sexual scandals and the forthcoming resignation of the Pope I would gently, and with prayer, suggest to the Cardinals voting in the forthcoming Conclave, that they elect a Pope who not only cares for the Church and adheres to scripture, but also is tough in dealing with problems and is prepared to use the right procedures in doing so, who is prepared to deal with the infighting within the Roman Curia, and open the doors to greater relations towards ecumenism and also in tacking the economic and social and moral issues in the Third World. I appreciate recent Popes have gone some way towards doing this, but far more needs to be done. Cardinal O'Brien's resignation is sad in a no of ways, but highlights some of the problems the Roman Catholic Church faces