Rick Santorum made some wild claims back in late July, early August about Boston and the Catholic Church Sex Abuse scandals. At that time Santorum tried to pin the blame on Senators Kennedy and Kerry claiming they “did nothing” about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in 2002. However, Kennedy and Kerry were both quoted about the scandal during 2002.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” on Sunday, July 31st, Santorum said, “’I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know — .” Stephanopoulos was quick to cut Santorum off saying, “That simply is not true,” noting that stories about abuse in many places had been printed at the time of Santorum’s article. On Monday, August 1st, I cited numerous news stories here showing that Santorum did indeed know.
Now it seems that Santorum’s worst nightmare has come back to haunt him…
A Grand Jury in Pa. says the Church deliberately hid sex abuse in Philadelphia.
After a three-year investigation, a grand jury in Philadelphia reported yesterday that two leading figures in the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy, Cardinals John Krol and Anthony Bevilacqua, deliberately concealed the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by at least 63 priests in that city from 1967 to 2002.
The grand jury also found that the Philadelphia Archdiocese kept 10 accused child molesters in active ministry even after June 2002, when all the U.S. bishops promised in Dallas to remove any priest who had ever faced a credible allegation of abuse. Two accused priests are still in ministry in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.
It’s time to come clean Rick… you knew… and we know you knew — and now the Grand Jury in Philly has exposed some of the ugliest, most vile sex abuse in the country and one the most most blatant cover-ups.
Among the priests they protected, the grand jury said, was one who raped an 11-year-old girl and then took her in for an abortion, and another who groped a teenage girl while she lay immobilized in traction in a hospital bed after a car accident.
“But the biggest crime of all is this: it worked,” the report said. “The abuser priests, by choosing children as targets and trafficking on their trust, were able to prevent or delay reports of their sexual assaults, to the point where applicable statutes of limitations expired. And Archdiocese officials, by burying those reports they did receive and covering up the conduct, similarly managed to outlast any statutes of limitation. . . . We surely would have charged them if we could have done so.”
As a “good” Catholic, you owe the people of Massachusetts an apology. As a U.S. Senator you owe your fellow Senators an apology. As a citizen of PA, you owe your constituents an apology for not speaking up when you knew, as Senators Kennedy and Kerry did in 2002.
You can’t hide behind your pious, holier than thou claims any longer, Rick Santorum…
Terry McKiernan, co-director of BishopAccountability.org , a Web-based group in Massachusetts, said the Philadelphia report was the most thorough and hard-hitting so far.
Your worst nightmare has come back to haunt you… it’s time for the confessional.
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