Say What Now of the Day

Favorite
Say What Now of the Day
- -

This is Father Benedict Groeschel, a high-profile Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of New York who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.

This what he had to say about convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky -- whom he believes is the victim in the Penn State scandal, not the perpetrator:

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 ... It's not so hard to see -- a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own -- and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It's an understandable thing ... there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

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.

At this point, (when) any priest, any clergyman, any social worker, any teacher, any responsible person in society would become involved in a single sexual act — not necessarily intercourse — they're done. And I'm inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.

Groeschel's comments have since been removed from the National Catholic Register website.

[thedish]

Not The Onion of the Day

Favorite
Not The Onion of the Day
- -

Breaking news for Penn State football fans -- Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" has been banned from the music playlist at Beaver Stadium.

Because the "touching you touching me" lyrics obviously are inappropriate in light of the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal.

[thanks, slade!]

Sandusky Scandal Tweet of the Day

Favorite
Sandusky Scandal Tweet of the Day
- -

Actor Albert Brooks is no stranger to Twitter-related controversy, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he'd have something to say after Thursday's release of the Freeh report.

The damning report implicates Penn State's "Big Four" in failing to report on Jerry Sandusky's conduct, going as far as to say they "never demonstrated... any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims."

While Brooks didn't actually come up with the aptly worded Joe Paterno burn (a response to calls for Paterno's statue at Penn State to come down), it still carries significant weight in that takes a potshot at the man whose once-golden reputation has been obliterated in recent months.

[@albertbrooks]

Follow-Up of the Day: Sandusky Cover-Up Revealed

Favorite
Follow-Up of the Day: Sandusky Cover-Up Revealed
- -

Finally, the Freeh report has been released -- you know, the independent, months-long, damning inquiry into the Jerry Sandusky case we've all been waiting for?

Yeah, yeah, Sandusky's in prison.

But the report is important because it really sticks it to Penn State's big four -- President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno -- for not reporting Sandusky's actions:

The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest.

Need more info? The Daily Beast has a rundown on the potential legal implications of the report; what the fallout looks like for the Penn State football program; and whether proven or alleged victims might come forward now that the report has been made public.

[shortformblog]

Breaking News of the Day: Sandusky Found Guilty On 45 Counts

Favorite
Breaking News of the Day: Sandusky Found Guilty On 45 Counts
- -

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse in the scandal that brought down Joe Paterno, the New York Times is reporting. Should be enough to keep him in prison for the rest of his life.

[deadspin]

The Interpipes Are Leaking of the Day

Favorite
The Interpipes Are Leaking of the Day
- -

Internet pedophilia icon Pedobear spoke with reporters this morning outside the Centre County courthouse in Pennsylvania, where Jerry Sandusky is being tried on 10 charges of child sex abuse. Lawyers rested their case today without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to the stand. Sandusky faces life in prison if convicted.

Reporters were mum on Pedobear's exact statement.

[pennlive]

RIP: Joe Paterno, at 85

Favorite
RIP: Joe Paterno, at 85
- -

RIP: Joe Paterno, the legendary coach of Penn State's Nittany Lions football team, passed away today of lung cancer. He was 85.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," said his family in a statement. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will ne