July 16, 2005

Sexual Morality, the Church and Ted Kennedy


July 16, 2005

Craig R. S. Frassati

Once again, good old Teddy Kennedy has put his foot in it. In an attack on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Kennedy accused Sen. Rick Santorum of being insensitive for a column he wrote in July 2002. The column in Catholic Online stated that promoting alternative lifestyles feeds such aberrant behavior as priests molesting children.

"Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture," Santorum wrote. "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."

In his speech, the Massachusetts Democrat called for Santorum to retract his remarks and apologize to the people of Boston and Massachusetts and the nation. "The people of Boston are to blame for the clergy sexual abuse? That is an irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable thing to say," said Kennedy.

Teddy arrogantly lambasted Santorum within the eminent forum of the Senate on an article written 3 years ago. This, of course, begs the question: Why?

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 12:21 PM