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Occassional reflections of a moderate (hey at least I think I am)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Santorum went hunting in Boston rather than taking shots closer to home.

I ran across this nearly three year old editorial by Rick Santorum (via Capitol Buzz via Atrios ). In the piece Santorum observes:
[W]hile 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.

I suppose that this proposition may be insulting to those from Boston or even academic, political and cultural liberals. However, this fails to identify others who may be offended by the notion that Boston liberals are to blame for the sex abuse scandal. Perhaps among those offended by the Senator’s comments might be the young men who were abused by Priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 1990, Mr. Santorum was elected to the House of Representatives from the South Hills of Pittsburgh. I used to attend the same Roman Catholic Church as he did. I cannot recall if he was a member of the parish in 1988 (or prior to that) but even if he just moved into the area in 1990 it would have been impossible for him not to have been aware of the fact that a Roman Catholic priest assigned to the parish was, by 1990, in jail serving time for molesting young boys. I cannot recall this priest’s educational background but I do not recall him being a product of New England liberalism or any other liberalism for that matter.

All that being said, I do think that the approach that Bishop Wuerl has and continues to pursue in these matters is clearly distinguishable from (and superior to) that of Law’s. At some peril to his own career and, in some instances, at some peril to the Church’s legal position he has put the families need for pastoral care above those of pedophiles.

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