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Msgr. Alan Placa, who was suspended from his priestly duties back in 2002 and who has also served as a practicing attorney, has worked on a consulting basis with Giuliani Partners. In 2003 a grand jury in Suffolk County, New York, accused Placa of sexually abusing multiple victims. That report was posted by the Bishop Accountability Project. According to the report, Monsignor Placa has been identified in media reports as “Priest F.”
Giuliani has defended Placa, whom he has known going back to their days growing up together in Brooklyn. Placa now lives in a parish in Great Neck, New York, run by a fellow Monsignor, Brendan Riordan, who himself was named in a sex lawsuit that was filed against the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts. Placa and Riordan are business partners in several real estate ventures in and around New York City.
Placa, according to Giuliani insiders, has served as a legal consultant for the Giuliani Partners, and is one of Giuliani’s closest friends. Placa oversaw the annulment of one of Giuliani’s marriages and baptized both of Giuliani’s children.
“[Giuliani] would never walk away from a friend, especially a friend who goes all the way back to the neighborhood,” says a Giuliani supporter in New York. “This is not a donor we’re talking about, it’s a life-long friend.”p> VATICAN DESTINATION br> As support for the nomination of Harvard professor and Mitt Romney adviser Mary Anne Glendon for U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See begins to lose steam, the White House is looking to several other possible candidates should it decide to pull Glendon’s name from consideration.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?