The Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 72, described several encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. They include massaging Foley while the boy was naked, skinny-dipping together at a secluded lake in Lake Worth and being nude in the same room on overnight trips.
While it seems pretty clear that people are born heterosexual or homosexual (or bisexual, which perhaps explains why so many right-wingers social conservatives insist that their sexual orientation is a choice), it seems less clear what makes for child molesters. Are these incidents of molestation by a priest in his boyhood contributing causes of Mark Foley's own child predations? Do we have the Catholic Church molestation cover-ups to thank?
Earlier this month, Roth said: "Mark does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate" e-mails and instant messages. "He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct."
How ironic that it's Mark Foley who stands out as virtually the only man in this sordid mess actually taking responsibility for his own actions.