"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to -- a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer... Here's this poor guy, Sandusky -- it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn't anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn't break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous -- but they didn't think of it in terms of legal things."
-- Father Benedict Groeschel, popular TV host and director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, in an interview with the Catholic National Reporter (which has, for obvious reasons, since been taken down)
"Yes, suppose you have a man having, let's say, a nervous breakdown. We'll call him Fathe.. uh... Fra... Francis... um... Francis Bene... Benjamin... Francis Benjamin Goooorrrrriswold. Yes, Francis Benjamin Griswold. Now it's perfectly reasonable to believe that Francis Griswold would be a prime target, in his weakened emotional and mental state, for the advances of that most wily of sexual tempters -- a 14-year-old boy. Would you really call Francis Griswold a psychopath? Ha! I think not! Not so long ago, he wouldn't even be breaking any laws by succumbing to the... the supple, young flesh, smooth skin and tight hard muscles of that young siren."
Meanwhile, back at the offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York: "Yeah, thanks for doing us that big PR favor, asshole."
Just figured I'd take a minute out from all the political talk to bring you a feel-good story.
Now I'm going to go call Benson and Stabler and suggest they run a methane probe through Father Groeschel's basement.