during testimony last week that he moved out of his family home and in
with his parish priest the week before his federal corruption trial
McDonnell explained on the stand that living separately from his wife
Maureen would make it easier for him to prepare for trial each day and
described their marriage as “on hold.” The priest he is staying with or
the time being, Rev. Wayne Ball of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in
Richmond, Va., is a family friend who officiated his daughter Cailin’s wedding.
Ball also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex charge in late 2002.
at the time that Ball, then pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in
Norfolk, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of frequenting a bawdy
place. Other media reports defined that as a place used for “lewdness,
assignation or prostitution.” Norfolk police had arrested Ball and
another Richmond man the night before Thanksgiving when they were found
together in a parked car in a local park.
The charge was dismissed in 2003 after Ball fulfilled the terms of his plea agreement.
McDonnell railed against sex outside of marriage in his now-infamous
master’s thesis, making his friendship with Ball and his decision to
move into the rectory at St. Patrick’s during the trial all the more
interesting. In the paper, written for Regents University in 1989,
“the perverted notion of liberty that each individual should be able to
live out his sexual life in any way he chooses without interference
from the state,” going on to blast gays and unwed mothers.
As a Virginia state delegate, McDonnell had also been part of a Republican-led state crime commission that recommended criminalizing “sodomy that occurs in a public place” in 2005.
Ball blogged about the McDonnell trial
for the first time on Thursday. He weighed in on the McDonnells’
defense strategy, which he said the media has characterized as the
former governor “throwing his wife under the bus.”
“When you charge a married couple, especially a couple with a long
marriage, and either of them dares to testify it would be impossible for
them to tell ‘the whole truth’ and not talk about the marriage … Is
there any person at all who would want to stand up in public and tell
the whole truth about their life?” he wrote.
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone,” he concluded, quoting gospel.
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