July 13, 2005

Conservative senator again links clergy sex abuse to liberalism

Eyewitness News

WASHINGTON A conservative U-S senator is reiterating comments he made three years ago linking the clergy sex abuse scandal to liberal attitudes in Boston.

In an interview yesterday with The Boston Globe, Republican Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said "alternative views of sexuality" in the city helped foster an environment in which the sexual abuse of children could occur.

The remarks echo ones made by Santorum on a Catholic Web site during the height of the clergy sex abuse scandal. In those widely criticized comments, Santorum said he wasn't surprised that Boston -- which he described as "a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism" was at the center of the scandal.

Posted by kshaw at July 13, 2005 05:04 PM