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Senator Santorum: Secular Extremism's Top Target

7/22/2005 - 4:00 AM PST

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By Michael J. Gaynor
Op/Ed

Who do the secular extremist Democrats dread most?

Apparently Senator Rick Santorum, Republican of Pennsylvania.

What's the evidence?

First, the Democrats are preparing to run Robert Casey, their token pro-lifer, against him.

Hey, it's the Democrats' best chance to beat Senator Santorum.

Second, Senator Ted Kennedy, the so-called "liberal lion" and "conscience of the Senate," is targeting Senator Santorum, on the Senate floor yet, about a 2002 article.

If you check the featured authors at Catholic Online (http://www.catholic.org/featured/authors.php), you will find Senator Santorum listed and you can access each of four articles by him posted there.

As for Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, the nominally Catholic Senators from Massachusetts who sold their souls to the pro-abortion forces, neither of them has posted a single article there.

But, Senator Kennedy found time to take the Senate floor and attack Senator Santorum for being self-righteous and insensitive.

What do Mary Jo Kopechne's parents think about that? (Ms. Kopechne drowned after a car driven by Senator Kennedy (who escaped) went off a bridge and into a pond.)

Senator Kennedy is outraged by an article by Senator Santorum posted at Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) in 2002.

The article linked Boston's liberalism to the sex abuse scandal in its Catholic diocese.

A 2003 investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly found that at least 1,000 children in the state were abused by more than 235 priests and church workers between 1940 and 2000. The Archdiocese of Boston has paid out more than $120 million to settle abuse claims since 1950.

Senator Santorum suggested that that promoting alternative lifestyles encourages such aberrant behavior as priests molesting children.

What exactly did Senator Santorum write that brought down upon him the wrath of the ardent defender of "alternative lifestyles" and abortion? ''Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture."

Isn't that true?

Aren't priests human?

''When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected."

Is their a priestly immunity that I don't know about but Senator Kennedy does?

"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.''

The truth hurts, doesn't it, Senator Kennedy?

And it is NOT an excuse.

Ever alert, Senator Kennedy waited nearly three years to call upon Senator Santorum to retract his remarks and apologize to the people of Boston and Massachusetts and the nation.

''The people of Boston are to blame for the clergy sexual abuse? That is an irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable thing to say,'' Senator Kennedy declared.

But Senator Santorum did not blame the people of Boston!

Don't buy a used car from Senator Kennedy?

Especially a water-logged one.

Senator Kerry, the only Catholic to be nominated for President by the Democrats and lose the Catholic vote instead of win about four of every five Catholic votes, commented, ''As a prosecutor in Massachusetts, I saw some of the worst criminals who had abused children and not once did I hear them hide behind Senator Santorum's bizarre claim that the state was responsible for their acts.''

Don't buy a used car from him either.

Senator Santorum did not blame the state.

And the man with a lower IQ and a lower Yale grade point average than President Bush who kept his records secret and shamelessly pretended otherwise before Election Day 2004 and beyond probably is smart enough to know it.

But don't take either my word or Senator Kennedy's word.

Read what Senator Santorum actually wrote:

"Fishers of Men

"By the Honorable Senator Rick Santorum

"Like most American Catholics, I have followed the recent sex scandals in the Church with profound sympathy for victims, revulsion over priests who prey on minors and frustration at the absence of hierarchical leadership. Unlike most, I have been visited by the gift of hope; for I see in this fall an opportunity for ecclesial rebirth and a new evangelization of America. This 'new evangelization,' advocated strenuously by Pope John Paul II, has the potential for restoring confidence in the priesthood while empowering all American Catholics.

"The most obvious change must occur within American seminaries, many of which demonstrate the same brand of cultural liberalism ...

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