Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Hyman Roth of Priests

When I read this article on Newsday about a priest who confessed to molesting a 5-year old boy but was given a light sentence because he had terminal liver cancer, it brought to mind a scene from "The Godfather Part 2".

Near the end of the movie, Michael Corleone is voicing his determination to kill the aged Jewish gangster Hyman Roth, while his inner circle advises against it because of the heavy security around Roth. Tom Hagen, Michael's adoptive brother and consigliere, mentions that Hyman Roth is in failing health and isn't expected to live much longer, to which Michael quips in response, "He's been dying of the same heart attack for the last ten years."

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