PRIEST: I TAUGHT MAF54 EVERYTHING HE KNOWS
Holy christ, after coming up with the most inane, torn-from-last-year's headlines, cockamamie, sub-Hitchcockian dime-store psychoanalysis-lite excuse imaginable for Mark Foley's actions, someone found him a priest to take the fall. His name is Anthony Mercieca, he lives on the (apparently real) "island of Gozo," and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune scored an awesome interview with him.
Mercieca admits to: naked overnight trips, skinny-dipping, and, uh, naked massages (PRIEST LIKE STEAMROOM?!). And this other thing:
One night, when Mercieca says he was in a drug-induced stupor, there was an incident he says he can't clearly remember that might have gone too far.
"I have to confess, I was going through a nervous breakdown," he said. "I was taking pills -- tranquilizers. I used to take them all the time. They affected my mind a little bit."
The list of things responsible for bringing down the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives is getting way too complex for us. Gay priests, evil and tempting pages, alcohol, the Media, secret Republican Gay Mafia, and, uh... tranquilizers.
Priest Tells of Intimate Relationship With Foley [Herald Tribune]