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American Chronicle: GOP's Santorum Ridiculed Over Sex Abuse Comments

American Chronicle: GOP's Santorum Ridiculed Over Sex Abuse Comments: "GOP's Santorum Ridiculed Over Sex Abuse Comments
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By Newswire Services
July 13, 2005

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., seems to be standing by his statement connecting Boston's ''liberalism" with the Roman Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal.

Responding to remarks made three years ago, Santorum, a leader among Christian conservatives, told the Boston Globe in a Tuesday interview: " I was just saying that there's an attitude that is very open to sexual freedom that is more predominant" in Boston.

When told the scandal had occurred across the country, Santorum told the Globe that "at the time (in 2002), there was an indication that there was more of a problem there" in Boston.

Massachusetts political leaders ridiculed Santorum's suggestion that priests were driven to abuse children by the city's liberal culture.

Santorum faces a tough race for re-election next year in Pennsylvania. The state's treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr., the expected Democratic candidate, has been ahead or even with Santorum in recent polls, although Casey hasn't begun actively campaigning, the Globe said.

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