Priest admits he fondled Foley.
On the other hand:
Priest denies sexual relationship with Foley. Right. Sure, he
"...described several encounters that he said Foley might perceive as sexually inappropriate."Ya think?
"They include massaging Foley while the boy was naked, skinny-dipping together at a secluded lake in Lake Worth and being nude in the same room on overnight trips.""...might perceive as sexually inappropriate"? I should think so. But, then he adds :
"...Mercieca said there was one night when he was in a drug-induced stupor and there was an incident but he couldn't clearly remember."Okey-dokey, then.
The priest's story is bad enough. Especially in light of the fact that nobody is surprised by this sort of behavior by a Catholic priest. Nobody. It's business as usual. It's so well-accepted that Foley and his attorneys know that involvement with Catholic priests can now be used as an excuse for a lifelong pattern of sexual deviance.
Two pitiful souls whose cycle of exploitation has come full circle.