What can you say about Joe Paterno except – it’s an ignominious end to a glorious career.
Based on his now nine accusers – not all of whom can be lying – Jerry Sandusky’s the real criminal in this ugly matter. It’s hard to imagine anything lower than forming a non-profit to help underprivileged boys – just so he could get access to them in order to abuse them sexually.
But, just like the Catholic Church priest scandal, it never would have gone on for so long if his immediate superiors had not served as his handlers.
Paterno, the first one informed of Sandusky having sex with a ten-year old in the shower, told his Athletic Director and Vice-President about it – but never informed police.
They in turn informed the University President and took Sandusky’s locker keys away from him – but never informed police, either. As a result, Sandusky continued searching out and taking advantage of his underage victims for years. Again, just like priests, simply re-assigned by bishops from one parish to the next, continued preying on altar boys.
There’s one difference between the Catholic Church and Penn State, of course. Joe Paterno lost his job. So far, not one – not one! – Catholic bishop has lost his.
That’s my parting shot for today.