When asked by TV host Paula Zahn when he thinks about President Clinton’s sexual behavior in the White House, Father Andrew Greeley rose to the president’s defense saying “we’ve done an appalling amount of harm to the American political structure by trying to criminalize his private behavior.” When Zahn asked, “But it that his fault or ours?”, Greeley remarked “Again, I’m not going to judge what the president did privately. It’s certainly our fault for taking his private life and making it a public issue.”

Previously in the interview Father Greeley defended gay marriages.

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