Rick Santorum is Over the Edge

Rick Santorum is over the edge with his persistence in pressing the issue on the MA Catholic Church scandal. His holier than thou attitude is out of line and quite frankly shows just how small a man he is. Clearly the Catholic Abuse scandal was not relegated to MA alone. PA, Santorum’s home state suffered their own cases of abuse. It’s time for Rick Santorum to get off his high horse and apologize to the people of MA, otherwise he’ll be sliding in his own mess of dung!

Yesterday, on ABC’s ”This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, Santorum alleged that Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry of Massachusetts ”did nothing” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in 2002. The Catholic Church is in many ways immune to the governance of Congress. Given that fact both Kerry and Kennedy did make statements regarding the issue in 2002.

Newspapers stories from the time show a reluctance by members of Congress to involve themselves in matters regarding the church and law enforcement; a front-page article published in The Boston Globe on May 6, 2002, said that ”the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has generated a startlingly unusual reaction: dead silence.” It quoted lawmakers from both parties as saying it was a matter for the church to resolve. Senator Pete V. Domenici, a New Mexico Republican, was quoted as saying: ”Congress has no role in this. We can’t do anything. It’s the Catholic Church.” The article quoted Kennedy as saying, ”We’re not the ones to do it.”

Kennedy and Kerry were quoted about the scandal during 2002. Kennedy was quoted in the Globe in April 2002 as saying, ”I urge the cardinal and the church to reflect on the situation and to take the necessary steps to heal the wounds of the victims and the church to allow all of us to move forward.” A December 2002 article in the Globe quoted Kerry on his reaction to Cardinal Bernard F. Law’s resignation as Boston’s archbishop, saying: ”While obviously a difficult decision for his eminence, I believe this is the right decision to begin a healing process in the church long overdue.”

George Stephanopoulos was quick to cut off Santorum yesterday when he said ”I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know — ”

Stephanopoulos cut off Santorum, saying, ”That simply is not true,” noting that stories about abuse in many places had been printed at the time of Santorum’s article. ”Well, at the time, we did not know it was in every city of the country,” Santorum responded.

In his July 2002 article, Santorum did not mention that the abuse scandal had affected his home state. An Associated Press article published in April 2002 said that 58 priests in Pennsylvania had faced what it called ”credible accusations” of abuse during a period of several decades and that an undisclosed number had been removed from active duty. The article said the publicity about the Massachusetts scandal spurred the examination of Pennsylvania priests.

Spokeswomen from both John Kerry and Ted Kennedy’s offices issued statements yesterday regarding Santorum’s latest hoof in mouth.

UPDATED – RELATED POST:
Santorum’s Slam on Boston Comes Back to Haunt Him
September 22nd, 2005

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5 Responses to Rick Santorum is Over the Edge

  1. Todd says:

    I have to give Stephanoplous credit for busting Santorum’s chops during that interview. He’s usually a push-over and let’s people say whatever they want, but he got up in his face and basically showed what a flat-out bald-face liar Rick Santorum is.

    George also knocked him pretty well on other parts of his book “It takes a Family” (which should be re-named “It takes a Brain Stem”). Santorum accused Hillary of being a “radical feminist” and how she was part of the “elite culture” that was ruining the country. George kept on him “what elite culture?” and “what does that mean, an elite culture?” and Santorum couldn’t answer other than the usual bogeymen “y’know, academics, people who read the New York Times” and so on.

    LOL. My late grandfather and lifelong Teamster would love that I’m a part of the “elite culture”.

  2. Todd

    I have some interesting tidbits on Santorum and the Catholic abuse scandal I will be posting later. Stephanopolous could have done a little more homework.

  3. florida dem says:

    Did you guys see this?

    http://www.nysun.com/article/17848

    Bush Backs Off Of Talk of War, Echoing Kerry

    BY JOSH GERSTEIN – Staff Reporter of the Sun
    August 1, 2005

    WASHINGTON – Is the Bush administration’s decision to de-emphasize use of the phrase “war on terror” an unheralded concession to last year’s unsuccessful Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Kerry of Massachusetts?

    The White House says no, but some of Mr. Kerry’s backers contend the recent move to recalibrate the rhetoric of top administration officials away from the “global war on terror” and toward a “global struggle against violent extremism” amounts to a quiet vindication of the four-term Democratic senator.

  4. Florida Dem

    This story has been floating around in various incarnations for a few days now. At least the media is capable of stating that Kerry was right these days.

  5. Nick says:

    It just goes to show the degree to which the Bush campaign was willing to go in its use of neo-McCarthyite tactics to win re-election. They knew, as Bush admitted, that the struggle against violent extremism, while not without a military aspect, is mostly a political and economic struggle, not a military one.
    Indeed, for all the differences between this era and the Cold War, like the Cold War we are in a struggle for ideas. Sure, a strong military with the newest technologies and most up-to-date military strategies were a crucial component to winning the Cold War as they are today in fighting extremism. But a strong defense (which the Bushes seem unwilling to invest in in homeland security) was not by itself sufficient enough to end to Cold War and won’t be sufficient enough to prevail in the struggle against radicalism
    If America had not been able to convince the world of the goodness of democracy (in addition to the evilness of communism), we’d might be speaking Russian now, strong defense or no strong defense.
    There were a whole host of things America did well to showcase democracy’s postivies:
    Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress, Carter’s human rights campaign, The Truman Doctrine with its military aid, the Marshall Plan with its economic aid, etc.
    There were others as well
    The civil rights movement demonstrated democratic nations’ ability to improve themselves and helped diffuse a communist talking point.
    The great economic growth of the WWII and postwar years showed a free society could be productive, while a growing, enlarging social safety net showed that free society could also be compassionate. Meantime the energy and environmental conservation acts showed that the growth in productivity need not be destructive in the long run.
    Most importantly, the declining gap between the wealthiest and the poorest (at least until the 1980s) showed diffused the most notable communist propaganda talking point: that free societies do NOT necessarily lead to Great Gatsby-like gaps between rich and poor.
    Bottom line: there are two points that were essential in ending the Cold War AND in ending the struggle against religious fundamentalism:
    1) A strong military that is used in a smart fashion (think actually getting Bin Laden and avoiding certain quagmire’s)
    2) A strong America at home is essential in winning the war of ideas abroad.
    In this era of Depression-era gaps between rich and poor, shrinking civil liberties, and the unabashed greed and cronyism of Wall St. is celebrated by the Bushies, while our cargoes go uninspected, its kinda hard for me to see how the Bush White House is doing anything to achieve points 1 or two, let alone both of them.