July 5, 2005

Senator Santorum Apparently Couldn't Get Laid Here.

So. Recent unpleasantness in the Catholic Church being a bit of a touchy issue with many inhabitants of our fair town, you might expect a U.S. Senator to be at least a bit circumspect about discussing it. At the very least, you might expect them to, say, refrain from loudly telling the Church that our town's corrupting influence really makes this less their fault.

Nah:

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.

I have this feeling the good Senator couldn't get laid here. Or that, worse yet, some of the more...um...alternative folks he seems so terribly frightened of might have once been interested in the poor boy. Maybe even in this here town.

Of course, from his ranting, you can be relieved and assured that if said prurient interest occurred in a church, the good Senator surely understands that the corrupting nature of all those damn liberals are really what caused his poor innocent country body and soul to suffer.

Not the priests carrying out the abuse. Oh dear me no.

Unless, of course, he really enjoyed it, which is the reason it's not a problem for him. In which case, I envy him and think he should bravely tell the world of his newfound respect for NAMBLA and their ilk.

But no, the Senator writes to remind us of our expected stance towards the Catholic Church:

As a Catholic U.S. Senator, I am proud to see the Church, often alone, take one courageous stand after another on the great moral issues of the day: abortion, cloning, third world debt relief, AIDS and the breakdown of the family to name a few. The Catholic Church remains true to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the dictates of the natural law. Through 2000 years, the Church, built upon rock, has survived every arrow sinful man has shot at her from within and without. Another arrow has been loosed from within, piercing the Body of Christ. The time is now for the laity to come to her aid. We must heed the call of Christ through his Vicar on earth: Climb into Peter's boat and go into the deep!

I'm sure that the victims of abuse by priests sheltered and protected by father Church, as well as their families and friends, will be relieved to know that you clearly consider betrayal by not only the priests but their superiors not one of the great moral issues of the day for that institution. Furthermore, it's such a comfort to know that we can all make things better by 'Climbing into Peter's boat' and 'go[ing] into the deep!'

Man. At least the article is called 'Fishers of Men' rather than 'Fishers of Boys.' But you know, it sure didn't feel that way.

I have great sympathy for those Catholics whose faith is challenged by the behavior of those few who have betrayed the trust put in them, from the priests involved to those who covered up their acts. It's not my church. I tend to view the entire sequence of events as a series of pedophile crimes, and treat them as such. But for politicians who either a) are insensitive enough to gloss over the suffering of people of their own faith with divisive sniping over how it's the fault of 'their liberal city' or b) calculating enough to write this sort of an article in an attempt to secure votes from an ideologue Catholic base outside of Massachusetts - well, I'm not sure which is worse, but both fill me with nothing but contempt.

Senator Santorum, you're fucking scum. And from here in Boston, I'd like to see you give that little speech somewhere in South Boston on a street corner, and we'll see how well it does you. I don't claim to be of like mind with the Catholic population of Boston on much, nor to be speaking for anyone but myself - but if I was at that streetcorner, even as a more recent Bostonian, you'd not feel welcome.

The good Senator seems to want your feedback (or maybe just your dollars, if the credit card ads on the page are any indication, I don't know) since he includes his contact information:

Contact:  Senate Republican Conference
http://www.catholic.org  DC, US
Senator Rick Santorum - Senator, 202-224-9068
Email: loredana_vuoto@src.senate.gov
Send him your thoughts today!

Posted by jbz at July 5, 2005 9:06 PM | TrackBack

Comments

He left out a few of the "rocks" that the church was built on: Antisemitism; slavery; elitism; racism etc. etc.

I love the contact info. So much for "separation of church and state"! I wonder if they've considered the tax implications of mixing politics and religion... what would the Catholic Church's tax bill be if it lost its exemption? hmmm....

Posted by: Tobias at July 5, 2005 10:36 PM
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