Church Settles Foley Priest Abuse Case

The Catholic Church settled another sexual abuse case this week. Though not as headline grabbing as California’s $660 million payout, the Miami, Florida case deserves ink for another reason: the accused priest also molested Mark Foley.

Anthony Mercieca admitted to massaging a young Foley, who left Congress last year after the press picked up on his scandalous online chats with underage Congressional pages, but swore to God it wasn’t abuse. Apparently his contact with another unidentified boy did count as abuse, however, because the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami coughed up an undisclosed settlement.

Maybe Mark Foley should consider his own lawsuit – who knows how much longer his legal defense campaign funds will last…