Tuesday, August 02, 2005

More reasons to vote for Pennacchio if you're from Pennsylvania

If you can't understand the logic on Rick Santorum you are not alone. Here is a television interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos which will give you incite as to why this third ranking senator in terms of influence is considered by many to be a headcase. Why has he been called Senator Rick "Man on dog? Santorum?George Stephanopoulos Interviews Sen. Rick Santorum, 7/31/05..................................
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's talk about something else in the book, radical feminists. A second quote from the book, you say, Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders? war on the traditional family and radical feminism's mysogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect.
Let's get specific here. Name one or two of these radical feminists who are on this crusade.
SANTORUM: Well, I mean, you know, you have to you go back to, what's her name, well, Gloria Steinem, but I'm trying to remember. I can't remember the woman's name. It's terrible. Anyway?
STEPHANOPOULOS: But it's kind of an important point. Because you paint this broad brush: radical feminists, village elders. Name one.
SANTORUM: There's lots of .... no, there's lot's of .... well, Gloria Steinem. There's one. I mean, there's lots of writings out there?
STEPHANOPOULOS: She's been on a crusade against stay-at-home moms?
SANTORUM: There's lots of writings out there, and there is an opinion by the elite in this country across academia, across the media, that stay-at-home motherhood is not adequately affirmed and respected by our society.
SANTORUM: And if you don't believe that, get a panel of stay-at- home moms here on your show, and you ask them whether they feel affirmed by society, whether they feel affirmed by the culture.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Listen, I can go home. My wife Wendy both works and stays at home at various times. And sometimes, when she?s not working, you know, she gets upset, but it?s not some message that's being driven by?
SANTORUM: Isn't it?
STEPHANOPOULOS: specific people.
SANTORUM: Isn't it a message for us? I mean, where does this come from? Does this come from the ether?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I'm asking you. Where are these radical feminists?
SANTORUM: It comes from an elite culture, dictated, again, from academia, dictated, again, from the Hollywood culture and the news media, that says, the only thing that's affirming, the only thing that really counts is what you do at work.
And that goes for men and women. And it's wrong. It's wrong to tell that to fathers. It's wrong to tell that to mothers. And we need to value mothers and fathers spending time with their children much more than we do in America.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hillary Clinton wrote much the same in her book, It Takes a Village. Do you believe she's a radical feminist?
SANTORUM: Yes, I do. I mean, read her work and what she's done on children's rights. I mean, that's radical. I mean, you're talking about giving children the same rights equal to adults. I mean, that is not a nurturing atmosphere of mothers and fathers taking responsibility for shaping the moral vision of their children. She doesn't agree with that, at least if you look at her earlier writings.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you talked to her about your book?
SANTORUM: We've had conversations in passing about it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Tell us about them.
SANTORUM: Oh, just, you know, pass in the hallway, you know, she made a comment to me about that it takes a village, and I responded, no, it really does take a family.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no serious debate?
SANTORUM: No serious debate. I'd love to have a serious debate.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You may have drawn her out now, calling her a radical feminist.
SANTORUM: I'd love to have a serious debate. If she'd like to have a serious debate about her view of how society should be ordered and structured. I believe her view is one that says government and top-down. I believe my view is the view that's held by most Americans, which means we need strong families and strong communities, and we don't need government really dissembling those institutions, which I think her view of the world does.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's move on to another controversy you stirred up, the question of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church. You made a statement in July 2002 which has drawn a lot of fire.
You said, in a publication called Catholic On-Line, When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While there's 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.
You've reaffirmed that just a couple of weeks ago. Ted Kennedy, John Kerry say you have to apologize. Mitt Romney, Republican governor, says basically you don't know what you're talking about. Do you still stand by that statement?
SANTORUM: Look, the statement I made was that the culture influences people's behavior. I don't think anyone?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Isn't that what conservatives used to say about liberals, when they used to say they were trying to excuse criminals?
SANTORUM: I think what I'm saying is that the culture of liberal sexual freedom and the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s had a profound impact on everybody and their sexual mores. It had a profound impact on the church.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you singled out Boston.
SANTORUM: I singled out Boston in 2002. In July of 2002, that was the epicenter. We did not know?
STEPHANOPOULOS: That is simply not true. I went back and looked at all of these clips. We had stories in 1994, going back all the way to 1984 in Louisiana, in just about every archdiocese in the country.
I just don't understand why you stick by this, because we now know it was widespread. It was in every city in the country.
SANTORUM: Well, at the time, we did not know it was in every city of the country.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We knew a lot of that.
SANTORUM: It was ? look at the press reports. It was the epicenter.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I have them right here.
SANTORUM: I think it's taking it out of context.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1994, it cites instances of abuse in Santa Fe and Chicago, as well as Lafayette, Louisiana, and Camden, New Jersey. 1994.
SANTORUM: I understand that it was in other places. All I'm talking about, at the time, what everyone was focused on at the time was Boston.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you stand by it?
SANTORUM: Look, I will admit that using Boston at the time was appropriate. Now, I would not say it would be appropriate. I would say that Boston right now would we'd say a whole lot of other cities in the country and a whole lot of problems. But if you read the article, that was one of about four or five things that I said.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I did read it.
SANTORUM: and I talked about the problems within the church. I wrote the article in 2002. Ted Kennedy and John Kennedy wrote no articles in 2002 criticizing this church. I went out and talked to bishops. I went out and talked to cardinals. I was very concerned. I was offended and hurt by a church that betrayed me by not doing what they should have done, and I was angered by that, and I spoke out about it, and I spoke loudly about it.
The senators from Massachusetts did nothing. They spoke nothing. They sat by and let this happen.STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're standing your ground?"........Now, who in their right mind would consider Hilary Clinton a radical feminist? .......more than likely an extremist conservative. One of the basic rules of debate is that you have to find supportive examples that back up your point of view, Santorium failed to do this. When Stephanopoulos ask him to give examples of radical feminists he couldn't do it immediately and when he finally did he chose an icon (Gloria Steinham) who came to prominence decades ago. Even more embarrassing was his condemning Boston for being the epicenter of degenerate behavior of priests, while completely ignoring the numerous cases of this phenomena around the country, around the world and specifically in Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania. Pamela Leavy wrote this observations on this topic.

"Rick Santorum claimed yesterday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that in July 2002, when he wrote the article that has recently resurfaced, calling Boston the “liberal” seat of church abuse, he did not know that there were similar cases in PA. In my earlier post on this today, I noted that George Stephanopoulos called him on that statement.
Since my earlier post on this, I have received numerous newspaper articles from an anonymous source, dating back to March 2002 that all make reference to church abuse cases in PA. The most interesting article was from July 12, 2002 - Capitol Hill Pastor Faces Child Sex Case.
The pastor of a historic Capitol Hill parish that serves many Roman Catholic members of Congress was placed on leave yesterday after a Washington area man accused him of sexual abuse in the early 1970s, the second such allegation against the priest.
The last paragraph of the article notes that among the church’s parishioners included “Sens. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).”
It’s absolutely despicable that Rick Santorum is playing politics with with the victims of these cases. If this is some sort of marketing ploy to sell his new book to conservatives it’s a sick joke aimed towards those who have suffered. No man with any sense of moral dignity, would continue pushing this issue as Santorum has.
It’s time for Rick Santorum to step up to the plate and do the right thing, as it is he who dredged up these painful memories and put them back in the limelight. Instead of working to help heal the victims of church abuse Santorum has perpetuated the ugliest of rumors and lies in the name of politics and marketing.
On July 21st, Santorum met with the leaders of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and made promises “to find out why the U.S. Justice Department has taken no action to investigate the Catholic Church’s secret transport of pedophile priests across state lines and international boundaries via church operated “treatment” and “retreat” facilities. ”
SNAP issued a press release today regarding Santorum’s latest outburst yesterday and queried as to when they could expect a response from Santorum. Read the press release here.
A March 3, 2002, NY Times article shows that the Vatican was aware of the full scope of the abuse problem. Yet, Rick Santorum, a self purported good Catholic claimed not to have know of any where in the country outside of MA that was stricken by the issue. Sorry, but such denial doesn’t wash.
A March 5th, NY Times article states that “several dioceses, including New Hampshire’s and Philadelphia’s, immediately suspended any priests ever accused of abusing children.”
It’s time for Rick Santorum to stop trying to score cheap political points and sell his book on the back of children who have been victims of sexual abuse. Such pandering is the lowest of low.

POST TITLE: Santorum Knew: Priest in D.C. Church where Santorum Worships Charged with Sex Abuse in July 2002AUTHOR: Pamela LeaveyPOSTED: 1st August 2005FILED AS: News, Republicans, Ethics, Spirituality, Religion, PoliticsCOMMENT FEED: RSS 2.0PREVIOUS: Fighting AIDS As A Moral and Pragmatic IssueNEXT: Rick Santorum is Over the EdgeYou can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
6 Responses to “Santorum Knew: Priest in D.C. Church where Santorum Worships Charged with Sex Abuse in July 2002” Rick Santorum is vulnerable. Pennsylvanians I ask you is this the type of man you want to continue to represent you in the Senate?......someone who doesn't do research before making blanket statements that cannot be supported with hard evidence. You have a choice, Santorum, Casey(a Democrat who fervently opposes a woman's right to choose) or Chuck Pennacchio, who opposes the Iraq war, supports a woman's right to choose and doesn't open his mouth without doing the proper research. The choice is yours.

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