Santorum Stands Firm, Keeps Blaming Liberalism For Sexual Abuse in Catholic Church

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In July 2002, Santorum blamed sexual abuse in the Catholic Church on “academic, political and cultural liberalism.” Today on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos gave Santorum multiple opportunities to take it back. Santorum refused:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s move on to another controversy you stirred up, the question of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church. You made a statement in July 2002 which has drawn a lot of fire.

You said, in a publication called Catholic On-Line, When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While there’s 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.

You’ve reaffirmed that just a couple of weeks ago. Ted Kennedy, John Kerry say you have to apologize. Mitt Romney, Republican governor, says basically you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Do you still stand by that statement?

SANTORUM: Look, the statement I made was that the culture influences people’s behavior…

[snip]

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re standing your ground…

SANTORUM: And I’m standing my ground because I tried to fight to change the church.

I don’t care what Jon Stewart says. Santorum is a “bad dude.”

By popular demand, we’ve posted the full transcript of the interview.

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