Wednesday, July 13, 2005

UPDATE: Teddy Takes a Swing

This may be of interest to some. From the AP Wire:

In a rare personal attack on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy called Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum self-righteous and insensitive for his remarks linking Boston's liberal reputation to the clergy sex abuse scandal.

In recent days, Santorum has refused to back down from comments he made in a 2002 column, in which he said promoting alternative lifestyles spawns aberrant behavior, such as priests molesting children. He went on to say that it was not surprising that liberal Boston was at the center of the scandal.

"The people of Boston are to blame for the clergy sexual abuse? That is an irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable thing to say," said Kennedy, D-Mass., in a speech from the Senate chamber.

Just chalk Rick's remarks right up there with the "man on dog" tirade. We Italians can't always control ourselves. But he's gotta stop making political hay out of the church. Catholics deserve better. And even if you hate the senior senator from Massachussetts, nobody asked Rick to make the statement he did.

I never thought I'd be calling Ted Kennedy "defender of the faith." Then again, stranger things have happened.



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