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Giuliani Has Connection With Accused Priest
Worcester Telegram ^ | 7/22/7 | Shaun Sutner

Posted on 07/22/2007 3:08:25 PM PDT by hardback

Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani has close ties to a Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting boys and who also was the lawyer for a now-closed Whitinsville counseling house for troubled priests that has been described as the center of a pedophile sex ring.

Monsignor Alan J. Placa, who works for Mr. Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was legal adviser in the 1980s to the House of Affirmation, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent for psychotherapy and other counseling services. The center closed in 1987 amid a financial scandal.

Monsignor Placa, who while an active priest arranged the annulment of Mr. Giuliani’s first marriage, baptized his two children and officiated at the funeral of his mother, is a childhood friend of Mr. Giuliani and they both attended Manhattanville College.

He was stripped of his duties as a priest, but not defrocked, after Newsday, a Long Island newspaper, published a story in 2002 about young men who alleged that Monsignor Placa abused them in the 1970s. He has been on administrative leave since and has worked for Mr. Giuliani for the past five years.

Catholic activists who are fighting the church over the clergy sex abuse issue say Mr. Giuliani’s association with the monsignor raises serious questions about the former New York mayor’s candidacy.

“The White House should not be inhabited by a man whose closest friend is accused of being an abuser of young men,” said Ann Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org in Massachusetts. “Giuliani has a responsibility to account for his friendship with Alan Placa and I think he should speak with Alan Placa’s accusers and see how credible they are.

“For Giuliani to turn a blind eye to these credible allegations raises questions about his judgment,” she said.

Jeffrey Barker, a spokesman for Mr. Giuliani’s campaign, declined comment, directing questions to Giuliani Partners, Mr. Giuliani’s security consulting firm. Mr. Giuliani leads all GOP presidential contenders in Massachusetts polls.

“Rudy Giuliani believes Alan Placa has been unjustly accused,” Sunny Mindel, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a prepared statement.

Monsignor Placa did not respond to a request for an interview.

The monsignor was closely associated with several Central Massachusetts priests who were at the center of a clergy sex abuse scandal in the 1990s.

At least three lawsuits were filed by area residents who said they were assaulted as boys by priests at the Whitinsville facility. The accused priests included colleagues of Monsignor Placa, one of whom was the Rev. Thomas A. Kane, former pastor of St. Mary Church in Uxbridge.

Monsignor Placa still lives in the rectory of the Long Island church where Monsignor Brendan Riordan, a former director of the House of Affirmation who was named in a sex abuse lawsuit settled by the Worcester Diocese in the mid-1990s, is pastor. He has also owned property in New York with Monsignor Riordan and co-owned property in Florida with him and Rev. Kane.

A 1993 suit filed against Rev. Kane, the diocese and the House of Affirmation by Mark Barry of Uxbridge alleges that Rev. Kane repeatedly sexually assaulted him. The New York Times has reported that Monsignor Placa was the first lawyer Rev. Kane turned to after learning of Mr. Barry’s accusations.

That suit was settled for less than $50,000 and included a non-disclosure provision. Mr. Barry has not spoken publicly about the case since.

David Lewcon, 53, of Northbridge, who worked at the center in the 1970s as a painter and wallpaperer helping his father, a contractor, renovate the 1898 building, has accused Rev. Kane of sexually assaulting him. Mr. Lewcon settled what he described as a “six-figure” lawsuit with the Worcester Diocese in which he alleged he was sexually assaulted as a minor by the Rev. Thomas H. Teczar at St. Mary in Uxbridge.

Mr. Lewcon described the House of Affirmation as a breeding ground for sexual predators.

“It was presented as a retreat for vocational redirection,” said Mr. Lewcon, a publisher of speciality magazines. “What we have found out since, and what it has been called in the Blackstone Valley by people who really know what went on there, is that it was a pedophile boot camp.”

Monsignor Placa’s involvement with the Whitinsville facility drew additional attention after the release of a 2003 report from a Suffolk County, N.Y., grand jury that accuses him of molesting young boys and, in his role as a lawyer, helping to cover up sex abuse by other priests.

He was referred to as “Priest F” in the grand jury’s lengthy investigative report, which quotes a letter he wrote to colleagues in which he touted his track record of settling multimillion dollar clergy sex abuse claims for “sums ranging from $20,000 to $100,000.” The 180-page report was written after more than 30 priests and more than 40 victims of abuse testified.

The report notes that no indictments were issued because the alleged crimes had occurred more than five years previously and could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired.

Richard Tollner, one of Monsignor Placa’s chief accusers in the Rockville Centre, Long Island, clergy sex abuse scandal, confirmed to the Salon online magazine that he was one of the victims who gave grand jury testimony and that Monsignor Placa was Priest F.

Monsignor Placa has denied Mr. Tollner’s allegations.

Mr. Tollner and other alleged victims in New York have accused Monsignor Placa of presenting himself as a priest in interviews with them when he was really acting as the lawyer for the Rockville Centre Diocese. Monsignor Placa has denied these accusations.

“He was misusing his identity and failing to disclose to them that he was a civil lawyer,” said Daniel J. Shea, a lawyer who has represented victims of clergy sex abuse in Central Massachusetts. “The grand jury report indicated he was representing himself to victims as a priest with a Roman collar.”

With news reports on Mr. Giuliani’s relationship to Monsignor Placa, some clergy abuse victims say they think Mr. Giuliani may be forced to answer harder questions about the link to his boyhood friend and employee.

George “Skip” Shea of Uxbridge, 47, an actor and artist who also agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a sex abuse case against Rev. Teczar, worked briefly at the House of Affirmation in the 1970s as a groundskeeper.

“It was a serious, full-blown sex mentality there,” George Shea said.

“Eventually this will stick,” he said of Monsignor Placa’s links to the GOP presidential contender.

Contact Shaun Sutner by e-mail at ssutner@telegram.com.


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1 posted on 07/22/2007 3:08:27 PM PDT by hardback
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To: Jim Robinson; Liz; Reagan Man; TommyDale; wagglebee; NapkinUser; Spiff

BTTT


2 posted on 07/22/2007 3:11:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: hardback

After McCain, he’s going to be the next candidate to crash and burn .....


3 posted on 07/22/2007 3:11:17 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Sweet Blessed Mother of Acceleration, Don't Fail Me Now!")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Keep grabbing at enough straws and you’ll eventually be able to finish that slurpee. It really doesn’t become your debating ability, Triple-E.


4 posted on 07/22/2007 3:13:21 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Daniel 2: 20-23)
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To: hardback
Well Duh Rooty has been an officer in the Stonewall Veterans Association. He has relationships with all manner of gay pedophiles. How is this even news. News is something unexpected or out of the ordinary. this is par for Rooty.
5 posted on 07/22/2007 3:14:00 PM PDT by MrEdd (L. Ron Gore creator of "Fry-n-tology" the global warming religion.)
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To: hardback

Hillary has connection with RAPIST HUSBAND!


6 posted on 07/22/2007 3:14:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: hardback

He’s on record as being pro-fag. So I guess there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t also be pro-clerical-fag.

It’s enough to make me think it’s time to restore anti-sodomy laws. Conservatism rightly believes government should stay out of the bedroom. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept buggery, the NAMBLA agenda, and all the rhetoric on sexual matters that the LibRats champion.


7 posted on 07/22/2007 3:14:42 PM PDT by California Desert Rat (Liberals, Democrats & Muzzies: beneath vermin)
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To: SkyDancer

http://www.telegram.com/graphics/specialcoverage/shaun_sutner.jpg

Shaun Sutner
Mr. Sutner has been with the Telegram & Gazette since 1992, spent four years as the T&G’s Statehouse reporter in Boston

ssutner@telegram.com


8 posted on 07/22/2007 3:17:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: MrEdd

MrEdd ... I think it’s always the effort to keep this sort of perfidy front and center, even if it isn’t news. It’s the same tack that good BillyJeff impeached.

On any given day I’m sure there are people entering this forum for the first time, which means this is the first opportunity for them to see what Giuliani is truly about.


9 posted on 07/22/2007 3:18:34 PM PDT by California Desert Rat (Liberals, Democrats & Muzzies: beneath vermin)
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To: SkyDancer

After Rudy becomes president are you going to move to france with alec baldwin?

It’s a done deal... Rudy is your next president.... it makes you mad doesn’t it? I laugh at people like you :)


10 posted on 07/22/2007 3:19:55 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: MrEdd

“I think it’s always the effort to” ... should read “I think it’s always worth the effort”

Damn that cut & paste! ;>


11 posted on 07/22/2007 3:20:11 PM PDT by California Desert Rat (Liberals, Democrats & Muzzies: beneath vermin)
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To: hardback

Co-pilot to Rudy: we’re on fire, bail out!!!!

Rudy to co-pilot: nope, we’re fine, I ridin’ this one in.....


12 posted on 07/22/2007 3:23:05 PM PDT by stm
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To: hardback
Giuliani went to Manhattan College, NOT Manhattanville, which was probably still a girl's college at the time he would have been attending. Even in the eighties, its nickname was "Manlessville"

Sloppy research by the newspaper.
13 posted on 07/22/2007 3:24:23 PM PDT by sittnick (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Porterville

Don’t look at Rasmussen polls much do you? Fred is ahead or at worst on par with JulieAnnie and he has not even declared yet. Once he does declare the bells will soon be tolling for him.

You’re the one that is going to have to get used to the fact that Rootie is going to crash and burn here in the not too distant future. McCain will preced him for sure but his days as a viable candidate are numbered.


14 posted on 07/22/2007 3:25:50 PM PDT by stm
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To: stm

It makes you soooo mad.... :) LOL


15 posted on 07/22/2007 3:30:01 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: IslandJeff
Keep grabbing at enough straws and you’ll eventually be able to finish that slurpee. It really doesn’t become your debating ability, Triple-E.

Are you still here defending that damned liberal RINO scumbag Rudy Giuliani!?! I thought we flushed all the turds that were stinking up this site with their pro-liberal, pro-abortionist, pro-radical gay agenda, pro-gun control, pro-illegal alien stench. If you support Giuliani, then you support all of the above. Don't like the labels or being associated with them? Then stop supporting a liberal, pro-abortionist, pro-radical gay agenda, pro-gun control, pro-illegal alien, serial adulterer POS for President.

16 posted on 07/22/2007 3:30:31 PM PDT by Spiff (Rudy Giuliani Quote (NY Post, 1996) "Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine.")
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To: California Desert Rat
Don’t use crap like “pro-fag” on the chat boards... you make us look like democrats.
17 posted on 07/22/2007 3:31:09 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: hardback

A lot of people accused of child abuse are not guilty. Look at the McMartins and the Amiraults and Elizabeth Kelly Michaels and the Wanatchee case. I could go on and on.


18 posted on 07/22/2007 3:32:48 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Porterville

“It’s a done deal... Rudy is your next president”.


Don’t bet on it!


19 posted on 07/22/2007 3:33:54 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: Porterville; Luke21; mkjessup; jedward
After Rudy becomes president are you going to move to france with alec baldwin?

It’s a done deal... Rudy is your next president.... it makes you mad doesn’t it? I laugh at people like you :)


20 posted on 07/22/2007 3:38:06 PM PDT by MrEdd (L. Ron Gore creator of "Fry-n-tology" the global warming religion.)
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To: Porterville
It’s a done deal... Rudy is your next president.

Really, don't you have to be nominated by one of the two parties first?

21 posted on 07/22/2007 3:38:20 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: hardback

“Monsignor Alan J. Placa, who works for Mr. Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was legal adviser in the 1980s to the House of Affirmation, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent for psychotherapy....”

If that’s the connection, then it seems like the title is a bit misleading.


22 posted on 07/22/2007 3:39:31 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: MrEdd

Oh, you’re so mad you went to html... good for you!!


23 posted on 07/22/2007 3:40:27 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Catholic activists who are fighting the church over the clergy sex abuse issue say Mr. Giuliani’s association with the monsignor raises serious questions about the former New York mayor’s candidacy.

I see, said the blind man as he picked up the hammer and saw.

24 posted on 07/22/2007 3:40:37 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: everyone

People, read this carefully. In fact, read everything carefully.

Rudy was friends with a guy who has been accused of wrongdoing.

One, people are innocent until proven guilty.

Two, was he supposed to read the guy’s mind?

Anytime you read a hot story in the MSM, ask yourself these questions: Who benefits from this story? And why is it coming out NOW???


25 posted on 07/22/2007 3:42:12 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: nwrep

Get use to it... it will be a long 8 years for you otherwise.. :)

26 posted on 07/22/2007 3:43:22 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I applaud people who are standing up to the Church on these abuse issues. But I think some of them get really wrapped up in self-righteousness. If there’s an opportunity to punish someone, even if he isn’t himself guilty (like Rudy), they’ll take it because they’re so damned angry and vengeful. Just because people were innocent victims doesn’t mean that they’re morally pure for the rest of their lives. Sometimes being wronged turns a person into something bad.


27 posted on 07/22/2007 3:44:14 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Our man in washington

“A lot of people accused of child abuse are not guilty. Look at the McMartins ...”

Yeah, that too. Mega-dittoes.


28 posted on 07/22/2007 3:45:15 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: hardback
"Alan Placa is one of the finest people I know. He has helped thousands of people as a priest, as a teacher and as a friend. ... If most people did half the good that Alan's done, the world would be a wonderful place."
--Rudy Giuliani
“I am able to give some of my time to helping other bishops and religious congregations with delicate legal problems involving the misconduct of priests. ... In the past 10 years, I have been involved in more than two hundred such cases in various parts of the country."
--Alan J. Placa

Who is Alan Placa? And what are his many connections to Rudy Giuliani?

Monsignor Alan J. Placa, a former high-ranking adviser in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York.

• One of Giuliani's two oldest and dearest childhood friends.

• 1960s - Together with Giuliani, attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn and Manhattan College.

• 1968 - Served as Giuliani's best man in his first wedding, to Regina Peruggi.

• 1970 - Ordained a priest

• 1983 - Credited with finding the loophole that allowed the Vatican to annul Giuliani's first marriage from Regina Peruggi (second cousins)

• 1984 - Officiated at Giuliani's second marriage to Donna Hanover.

• 1986/89 - Baptized Giuliani's children from his second marriage, Caroline and Andrew.

• Early 1990s - Florida property transferred to Placa's name by his friend Rev. Thomas A. Kane shortly before Kane declared bankruptcy. Kane was the co-founder and former director of the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts, a treatment center for priests with sex abuse and other problems. Kane left the House of Affirmations in 1986 amid allegations of financial impropriety; the facility closed in 1989. Alan Placa acted as a lawyer for the House of Affirmation, settling sexual abuse cases.

• Jan 1994 - At Giuliani's swearing-in ceremony for his first term as mayor, Placa said a prayer for the new mayor before he took the oath of office.

• 2000 - Ministered to Giuliani when he was suffering from prostate cancer.

• Sep 2001 - Giuliani asked his staff to consult with Placa on canon law and how to expedite declarations of death and payments of life insurance policies to families for those missing in the 9/11 disaster.

• Apr 2002 - Placa removed by Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre from a panel investigating clerical sexual abuse after several families claimed Placa had used his role as a spiritual adviser to get information from victims that would bolster the diocese's legal position.

• Jun 2002 - Placa on leave from the Diocese after allegations surfaced that he molested a teenage seminarian about 25 years ago.

• Sep 2002 - Placa receives special permission from Diocese to preside over the funeral of Giuliani's mother, Helen Giuliani.

• Feb 2003 - Grand Jury report released outlining allegations against Placa of sexual abuse involvement in cover-up of priest sex-abuse scandals.

• Aug 2003 - Begins employment at Giuliani Partners, as an attorney, where partner Michael Hess, the ex-mayor's corporation counsel, also handled Placa's legal matters.


29 posted on 07/22/2007 3:45:42 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

McCarthyite smear.


30 posted on 07/22/2007 3:46:15 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Spiff

“If you support Giuliani, then you support all of the above.”

Forget it, Spiff - I tried. Good luck to whomever you support - if you could ever utter a positive word about anyone.


31 posted on 07/22/2007 3:46:31 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Daniel 2: 20-23)
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To: Porterville

More specifically — like John Edwards?? ;)


32 posted on 07/22/2007 3:47:06 PM PDT by California Desert Rat (Liberals, Democrats & Muzzies: beneath vermin)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I used to think that the difference between Roody and the Klintoons was that at least Roody’s friends weren’t criminals — obviously, I was mistaken.


33 posted on 07/22/2007 3:50:00 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

(graphic courtesy of monkapotamus)

" P-u-u-l-e-e-z-e make me look conservative."

Man, they're killing me on FR just b/c I had three wives, several mistresses,
was honored by NARAL, donated to Planned Parenthood, marched
for gay rights under the NAMBLA banner, and hired a pedophile."

"And my stupid advisors told me I didn't need those dumb,
pro-life Christianconservatives to make a primary showing."

34 posted on 07/22/2007 3:51:07 PM PDT by Liz (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire)
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To: hardback

Guess who heads the law firm that is legal counsel for the NAFTA Superhighway? You guessed it!

NAFTA Superhighway has Giuliani as key player:

http://www.huliq.com/25662/nafta-superhighway-has-giuliani-as-key-player


35 posted on 07/22/2007 3:51:43 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: IslandJeff
Keep grabbing at enough straws and you’ll eventually be able to finish that slurpee. It really doesn’t become your debating ability, Triple-E.

I must have hit some nerve, by merely pinging other FReepers to an article of interest.

36 posted on 07/22/2007 3:51:54 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Brilliant
If that’s the connection, then it seems like the title is a bit misleading.

See post #29... lots more connections. He has long been described as one of Giuliani's two best friends, the other being Peter Powers.

37 posted on 07/22/2007 3:52:36 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: hardback

Pedophile client Placa

38 posted on 07/22/2007 3:53:25 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: hardback

I’m still looking for an article about Hillary’s “connection” to those murdering, Puerto Rican terrorists that she and her husband pardoned prior to their giving up the keys to the White House. I know it wouldn’t have any real affect on her devoted, worshipers in the ‘RAT party but it could do damage to her voter base of “conservative republicans.”


39 posted on 07/22/2007 3:54:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You know you are a great American when a Kennedy calls you a traitor.)
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To: Porterville
After Rudy becomes president are you going to move to france with alec baldwin?

Definetly. France has a real man in charge now.

40 posted on 07/22/2007 3:54:54 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: California Patriot
McCarthyite smear.

Yeah, there were no communists. /s

41 posted on 07/22/2007 3:56:02 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Porterville
Get use to it.

Well, good luck to him. He will need it.

42 posted on 07/22/2007 3:59:43 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: calcowgirl
Who is Alan Placa?

THAT alone is a scandal. If Mr. Placa (Fr.Placa?) was so clearly in his later years of seminary and, as best man, did not object to an intrinsically flawed marriage, he is incompetent. If he did everything else for the second marriage as a priest, he is a disgrace. All this ignoring his probable pedophilia.

43 posted on 07/22/2007 4:00:03 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus (I)
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To: calcowgirl

I’m pro-McCarthy, generally speaking. But he did some things not only wrong, but morally wrong. There was such a thing as a McCarthyite smear, and this story about Placa follows the pattern closely.


44 posted on 07/22/2007 4:00:57 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: IslandJeff

Good takedown, Jeff. “Spiff” and his ilk needs to be squashed like the poisonous snakes they are.


45 posted on 07/22/2007 4:02:21 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: California Patriot

It doesn’t really matter, if Rudy is nominated there is no more Republican party, just a decaying corpse.


46 posted on 07/22/2007 4:02:29 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Some of our FReepers are much more interested in destroying Rudy than in opposing Shrillary.


47 posted on 07/22/2007 4:02:55 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: hardback
One reason why this story isn't getting legs after a month: Group Wants Giuliani Priest Pal Fired is that Rudy is a darling of the MSLM. If it weren't for that R behind his name he'd have lots of journalists singing his praises.
48 posted on 07/22/2007 4:03:25 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Spiff

You’re just puking your guts out. Do it somewhere else.


49 posted on 07/22/2007 4:04:24 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: California Patriot
Rudy was friends with a guy who has been accused of wrongdoing. One, people are innocent until proven guilty. Two, was he supposed to read the guy’s mind?

Read this very carefully. Rudy has had all sorts of friends and cronies who later turned out to be corrupt.

50 posted on 07/22/2007 4:05:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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