Do you ever wish that Thomas Pynchon would stick to fiction instead of writing news stories?
Everyone has noticed that the Foley Follies are a close match for the pedophilia scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. (Speaker Hastert even looks as if he might be Cardinal Law’s long-lost twin.)
But now it turns out that Foley, in his youth, was molested by a Catholic priest. Or so his lawyer says.
Life, it has been said, is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel.
The latest revelation makes Foley’s story that much more pathetic. It also reminds us what horrible damage behavior like Foley’s can do to its victims. Anyone with a heart will see the Foley story primarily in terms of the suffering of those involved. (By contrast, the Hastert/Boehner/Reynolds/Shimkus/ Alexander cover-up, and the contortions of those defending the cover-up, are legitimate targets of ridicule.)
But anyone with a head will have to laugh at the sheer Pynchonesque patness of finding a direct causal connection between two scandals, both involving sanctimonious reactionary organizations covering up the sexual abuse of minors in order to avoid bad publicity.