July 16, 2005

Beating up on Santorum

Renew America

Matt C. Abbott
July 15, 2005

A commentary regarding the clergy sex abuse scandal, written by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in 2002, has caused considerable consternation in recent days, culminating with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and other Massachusetts Democrats calling for Santorum to apologize for his statements.

What's all the fuss about? The "offensive" statements are contained in the following paragraph of Santorum's commentary:

"It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning 'private' moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. 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."

(Santorum's commentary can be read in its entirety here: http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=30)

In defense of Santorum, his commentary was written and posted when the scandal first exploded, which just happened to be in Boston. Most people, including perhaps the senator, did not yet realize the scope of the scandal. Of course, we now know that several other U.S. dioceses have had problems very similar to that of the Archdiocese of Boston. In fact, at least in terms of settlement money for abuse victims, there are two dioceses Covington, Ky. and Orange County, Calif. that have surpassed Boston. And we're still waiting to hear about the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 03:09 AM