Why Didn't Rick Santorum Denounce the Immoral Epidemic of Child Abuse in the Catholic Church?

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

But behind Rick Santorum's religious sanctimony lies a church that has many moral challenges to confront.  As BuzzFlash at Truthout reader Chet Kulis recounts, Santorum was confronted by Chicago talk show host  Bruce Dumont Sunday night (the Illinois primary is Tuesday). Dumont "asked Santorum how he would grade the Catholic Church's handling of sex abuse by priests. Santorum said he it was not his business to grade the Catholic Church."

Dumont also asked Penn State grad Santorum, "If we were to replace 'Barack Obama' [in terms of Santorum's accusations that Obama is "soft on porn"] with the name 'Joe Paterno,' could we say that Joe Paterno seemed to be favoring a child rapist over the Penn State football program?"  

To which an incensed Santorum, who had initially expressed support for Paterno in 2011 (although eventually supported his firing), responded: "That's sort of an insulting question. It's a ridiculous question, Sir, and I'm not going to answer it. You're welcome to ask a question. That doesn't mean I'm going to answer absurd questions."

As for refusing to denounce the international epidemic of child abuse among priests in the Catholic Church, Santorum justified his silence on the issue by ironically declaring, "My job.... [is] it to talk about what I'd do as president of the United States ... I am concerned about protecting children."

That's not a moral leader; that's an enabler of vile and unforgivable violations of the youngest among us.

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  • Sally

    Oh, no, another liberal 'gotcha' question. Why do you never hear Democrats whining about the question or the questioner when faced with an honest question about their views? Because the GOP is a bunch of bullies who cower when faced with the truth.