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Let’s Keep This Simple. Raise Your Hand If You Are Not a Victim

This morning I am reminded again why, despite his faults, sins, crime, I found Mel Gibson’s interview with Diane Sawyer last week refreshing. He took responsibility for what he said and did — and specifically and passionately refused to blame his father. Contrast that to the Foley scandal.

First we had Mark Foley’s I’m-an-alcoholic approach. Then we had the I-was-abused revelation. Then we were told that he would name names as part of his “healing.” Now we hear from the former priest, with plenty of excuses and nonsense.  

From his home on the island of Gozo, near Italy, Anthony Mercieca described a series of encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate.

Among them: massaging Foley while the boy was naked, skinny-dipping together at a secluded lake in Lake Worth and being naked in the same room on overnight trips.

One night, when Mercieca says he was in a drug-induced stupor, there was an incident he says he can’t clearly remember that might have gone too far.

“I have to confess, I was going through a nervous breakdown,” he said. “I was taking pills — tranquilizers. I used to take them all the time. They affected my mind a little bit.”

”Might perceive as sexually inappropriate”? ”Might perceive as sexually inappropriate”?! …

So many victims, so little responsibility.

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