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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Drugs Made Me Do Him

posted by on October 19 at 6:15 AM

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

So says the Catholic priest who admits to having molested Mark “Rehab” Foley back when the disgraced congressman was an enticing altar boy.

The priest admits to massaging the teenage Foley when nude, skinny-dipping with him, being naked in the same room on overnight trips, and taking saunas with the boy. And one night, when Father Valley-of-the-Dolls was particularly fucked up “there was an incident he says he can’t clearly remember that might have gone too far.”

Mercieca said that, at the time, he considered his relationship with Foley innocent. But he now says he could see how his actions could be labeled inappropriate.

You think so, father?

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Time to cue up the Wanda Sykes video again.

Posted by Gabriel | October 19, 2006 6:54 AM

The oh so innocent

As a teen aged boy I dreamed of such things happening - but I did manage to do half the boys in my class very gay kid.

But, alas, did not get with the real party until my early twenties.

The power and control thing and the actual age of the kid are important, but lets not get swept away in some right wing dictum that teen age gay boys don't go for sex with older guys, alwasy opressed, and they can't know very well what it is and what they want.

And of course, all straight kids wait 'till the age of consent, just like mommie and daddy and church tell them.
Oh, sure.

Posted by Jack | October 19, 2006 6:57 AM

It doesn't matter if the priest fisted Foley, this is still a cop-out. And the real story is that the GOP let this guy get away with harrassing the pages.

And, for the record, I can remember lusting after my junior high Gym teacher, so I understand where a minor might be attracted to an adult, but it's always the adult's repsonsibility - especially and adult in a position of power - to not act on feelings. If the adult has reciprocal feelings, he needs to ignore them or seek help.

No excuses. The cycle has to stop somewhere.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 19, 2006 7:16 AM

Foley was a queer kid.

Too bad the priest thing happened.

The priest did not make him queer.

And it does not make it OK for him to do the pages as an adult power figure.

Trying to blame someone is stupid - Foley need a good gay whore house in his life.

Catalina, can you sugggest somewhere?

I think you are savvy in the ways of the world.

Posted by Larry | October 19, 2006 8:06 AM

Oh Pu-lease! Jebus Christ on a crutch. Maybe the old fucker can join Foley in rehab.

I'm getting so sick of people using drugs/alcohol as a blanket excuse for any bad behavior. Like we're to believe this guy was really a perfectly well adjusted hetero priest, and takes a couple tranquilizers, and suddenly he's molesting adolescent boys. It's all the drug's fault. Yeah. Right.

Before this is all over, I envision half the Republican party in rehab after admitting to a variety of minor drug indiscretions (all prescription, of course; none of those bad illegal drugs).

*rolls eyes in disgust*

Posted by SDA in SEA | October 19, 2006 8:36 AM
And the real story is that the GOP let this guy get away with harrassing the pages.

I think the real story is that while we were all focused on yet another sex scandal, Congress passed and the President signed The Military Commissions Act of 2006.

So now:

  • We allow torture (or rather, our President gets to say what is torture and what is not).
  • We don’t have to abide by the Geneva Conventions.
  • We can grab non-Americans from anywhere and hold them indefinitely, without charge, without access to a judge or an attorney, based simply on accusations. No more innocent until proven guilty — it’s guilty if we say so, and we don’t even have to tell you what it is that we've declared you guilty of.
  • Anyone, including Americans, can be labeled an enemy combatant if he is found to have knowingly “provided material support” to a terrorist, or if a military tribunal (a board of at least three officers) says that he is an enemy combatant. If you’re an unlawful enemy combatant (which could mean that you donated money to an organization found to have ties to a group assumed to support terrorists, or that you are an attorney representing someone considered a terrorist, or that our military simply says you are an enemy combatant) you’re not guaranteed a speedy trial, you don’t get an attorney unless he has a security clearance to view secret materials, the judge can introduce evidence obtained without a search warrant, evidence obtained under coercion, or secret evidence that the you are not allowed to see, and if the military finds you “not guilty”, no one has to take action based on that finding.

The imbalance of reporting on the Foley sex scandal and on the stripping of habeas corpus is a strong indicator of the sorry state of American media.

Posted by Phil | October 19, 2006 8:55 AM

Larry, I have never had to pay for it. Whether I was ever paid for it is another matter entirely, and not fit for the pages of a family publication such as The Stranger ;-)

But I can't imagine that a gay whorehouse would fly, at least not in Seattle, and certainly not in DC. It's too easy to get it for free.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | October 19, 2006 9:09 AM

Expect the pills to now hold a press conference in which they reveal perverted traumatic experiences that occurred during manufacturing that gave them shelf-life-long problems, eventually causing them to go down the throat of the priest.

Posted by Noink | October 19, 2006 11:59 AM

I would be so down for a male whorehouse. So practical in my middle age.

"Old hustlers never retire, they just start buying it back."

Posted by Mark Mitchell | October 20, 2006 2:30 AM

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