Cardinal Keith O'Brien’s apology is weak, vague, belated and thus hollow sounding. We simply do not believe he denied the accusations because his victims were anonymous.
Still, it's encouraging and healthy any time any corrupt Catholic official is publicly exposed and experiences any consequences – however slight – for abusing trust, hurting others and hiding misdeeds. It would have been far better had church figures in Rome and in the UK publicly condemned or disciplined O'Brien. It's only a tiny step forward when wrongdoers essentially get to pick their own punishment.