Hiaasen on Foley, Hastert and contrition

Nothing new here, but the ever-Menckeneque Carl Hiaasen, easily the best thing ever produced by South Florida, tends to especially relish batting around the creeps and cretins in his own back yard. Concerning the Mark Foley scandal, he’s done it again.

This, after all, is the party that has declared itself morally superior; the party that spent $47 million of taxpayer money investigating the Clintons, ultimately impeaching the president for lying about consensual sex with an adult woman who wasn’t his wife.
How much will these pious stiffs spend to ferret out the truth about one of their own who sought out underaged boys? Will they bring back Ken Starr to track down those on Capitol Hill who knew what Foley was doing?
The young page who received that request for a photo last year thought it was sick, sick, sick, sick.
But not sick enough to concern the Republican leaders who shrugged it off. They were waiting for something sicker, and now they’ve got it.

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  1. #1 by Gene Goldring on October 20, 2006 - 9:10 pm

    The Catholic Priest is no longer nameless.

    “Once maybe I touched him or so, but didn’t, it wasn’t — because it’s not something you call, I mean, rape or penetration or anything like that you know. We were just fondling,” Father Anthony Mercieca, 69, said in a phone interview with CNN affiliate WPTV from his home on the Maltese island of Gozo in the Mediterranean.
    Mercieca earlier told The Associated Press that a Florida newspaper “exaggerated” the inappropriateness of his and Foley’s relationship.
    “He seemed to like it, you know? So it was sort of more like a spontaneous thing,” Mercieca told WPTV, a West Palm Beach, Florida, station.
    Mercieca, however, rejected the idea that he sexually abused Foley, saying, “See abuse, it’s a bad word, you know, because abuse, you abuse someone against his will. But it involved just spontaneousness, you know?”

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/10/19/foley.priest/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
    Foley is now 52 years old. If you do the math, Foley was approx. 12 years old and the Pedophile Catholic Priest was approx. 29 years of age at the time.
    This isn’t an isolated event for Catholic Priests sexually abusing children. I think the number has reached about 5000 credibly accused, past and present Catholic Priests?
    Isn’t this enough to create a child predator profile of a group?
    With 5000 Catholic Priests identified and who knows how many other clergy of various denominations have performed such a deed and on how many other individuals, how has this effected the victimized youth in their later adult stages? Have they lost respect for accepted sexual conduct? Have they gone on to commit similar crimes? Have they taken it a step farther, raped or fondled others of all ages? Has the sexual misconduct of Clergy created a domino effect of further sexual misconduct through others?
    Sorry for the rant but it doesn’t seem like the root of the problem is being properly addressed out of respect for religion.

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