July 12, 2005
[H]ere’s what Santorum wrote about the church pedophile scandal on a religious website called Catholic Online. ‘‘When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political, and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”
So thank you, senator, for setting us straight about the problems with the clergy. Thank you for letting us know that all those pedophilic priests and the church leaders who covered up their crimes are the fault of every Bostonian.
Who knew that the president of Harvard, the people at the Museum of Science, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino were to blame for Cardinal Bernard F. Law’s decision to move predatory priests from one parish to another? Here’s who knew: Senator Rick Santorum.
… Santorum’s words about Boston, though written in 2002, weren’t highlighted until the last couple of weeks. […] I asked a Santorum spokesman whether the senator still believed what he said about Boston. […] ‘‘It’s an open secret that you have Harvard University and MIT that tend to tilt to the left in terms of academic biases,” said Robert Traynham, the Santorum aide. ‘‘I think that’s what the senator was speaking to.”
Of course. The whole thing is MIT’s fault. Why didn’t we realize this sooner?
Oddly, fellow wingnut and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney disagrees:
His spokeswoman, Julie Teer, called back and said: ‘‘What happened with the church sex abuse scandal was a tragedy, but it had nothing to do with geography or the culture of Boston. What we know now is that the sex abuse was occurring around the country and around the world. Boston was just the first to find out about it.”
Good answer. Then I called Menino, who groaned. ‘‘Typical of the guy who doesn’t understand the issue, doesn’t understand the Catholicism. He should come up to Boston and see what it’s all about.”
Back in 2003, Dan Savage asked his readers to come up with a new definition for the word “santorum,” after Ranger Rick expressed his views on homosexuality. The winning definition was “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” On reflection, that seems too kind.
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