July 13, 2005

GOP's Santorum Ridiculed Over Sex Abuse Comments

American Chronicle

By Newswire Services
July 13, 2005

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., seems to be standing by his statement connecting Boston's ''liberalism" with the Roman Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal.

Responding to remarks made three years ago, Santorum, a leader among Christian conservatives, told the Boston Globe in a Tuesday interview: " I was just saying that there's an attitude that is very open to sexual freedom that is more predominant" in Boston.

When told the scandal had occurred across the country, Santorum told the Globe that "at the time (in 2002), there was an indication that there was more of a problem there" in Boston.

Massachusetts political leaders ridiculed Santorum's suggestion that priests were driven to abuse children by the city's liberal culture.

Posted by kshaw at July 13, 2005 04:47 PM