28 June 2005
Oh Ricky, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Ricky...
Rick Santorum either has a really wide mouth, or an extra set of feet. He just keeps shoving them in there.
Bishop, um, I mean Senator Santorum's (R-but then you knew that, didn't you? Pennsylvania) latest podiatry oratorical moment comes courtesy of this article from Catholic Online (I make no point to ridicule the web site itself as I'm sure it serves a purpose to many clear thinking people). Santorum has written a piece entitled "Fishers of Men." It addresses how the Church continues to work towards eliminating the scandals of abusive priests.
Santorum keeps the tone hopeful for a bit, but eventually turns to pass sentence on who is to blame for all this: liberals, of course. He says "the most obvious change must occur within American seminaries, many of which demonstrate the same brand of cultural liberalism plaguing our secular universities." He cites no examples of just how liberal seminaries have become.
Then Ricky really levels the blame:
"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."
Do you hear that, Boston? You may still be hung over from the Red Sox winning the World Series and the Patriots dynasty, but Saint Rick believes you are to blame for the fact that some priests like boys. Because you, Boston, are liberal. You with your Freedom Trail and USS Constitution and all, it's a wonder there are any safe kids there. I saw "Mystic River", Boston. I know what goes on there.
I thought one of the basis of faith was that it helped you make right decisions. I never knew that it was so much more difficult to be a priest in Boston, because we all know that no one has been abused in places like Omaha, Boise, or in Pennsylvania, the state the elected Monsignor Santorum to the Senate.
I find it interesting that a man of Santorum's stature finds it so easy to demonize half of the nation's population (as you might recall that in the 2004 election, the nation was just about split in half). Yesterday I felt Karl Rove labeled me as a sympathizer to terrorists because I am a liberal. Today Santorum is labeling me as partially responsible for pedophilia, because I am liberal.
Hmm, I HAVE been to Boston a time or two.
But this does make me happy, because I want people like Santorum to continue to do this, to continue to make statements that are so judgmental, so condescending, and so outrageous that with each passing day, more and more people will see how extreme this country has become. They are well on their way to making it easy for us to advocate some serious change, and I do not mean just to the left. Lord knows there as people on the edges of both sides that need to be escorted out of the public realm.
I focus more on statements like Santorum's because the average person does not hear about this on the evening news, which is too busy playing sound bites of screams and other assorted name calling.
Please, keep it up. I am more than happy to ensure the spotlight remains upon you, all the way to the ballot box.