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November 12th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/12/09

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Tonight new details on the suspected Fort Hood gunman. New suggestions his problems were overlooked and he was promoted due to political correctness. We're keeping them honest. Plus, new data on the number of swine flu deaths. Plus, Anderson and Erica chat with Oscar the Grouch.

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  1. Francesca

    I cannot believe that this man is comparing David Letterman with a priest ! He seems not to understand that the relationship between a cleric/parishioner is a fiduciary one and he calls himself the president of the Catholic league. This story is sickening and a sad one for the catholic community as a whole. The hypocrisy of the catholic church just leaves me speechless.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Susan

    Palin is one of the few people, that I might consider trading places with. She lives her life with adventure, daring, and is a guileless reformer.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Emily

    Oh Balloon Boy's family!
    Anderson, what is that song of his?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Puhleeeese......Sarah Palin is all about the drama!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Renee

    Oh my poor Levi!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    Good for Nathan speaking out. I do hope he lets go of the pain now. His father isn't worth it!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I have no idea Sarah Palin was interviewing with Oprah last night, No comment.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Mariann

    Anderson with Oscar.....I'm looking forward to this.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    In NY child support is 17% of the parent's income. I suspect that $11,000 /year is way more than that. Priests don't get paid much.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Emily

    @ Erica,

    If I had lived in a garbage can for 40yrs, well....
    I'm sure he's a nice as can be! 😛

    November 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    As a practical matter, celibacy doesn't make sense (preventing someone from loving someone else).

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  12. Adam Carroll

    I think that sex scandals are becoming so common they are about to loose their scandalousness. It's sad.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  13. Woody

    Lets get it straight, the priest should have been dismissed, but this was a consensual relationship, and despite what the lady says, there was no victim here,,,the Church paid as reported an avg of 11k per year, I was ordered to pay only 400 per month, which is less than half of that, so the church fulfilled it's obligation. As someone who is battling cancer myself, I can relate with the terrible situation, but the lady has no one but herself to blame, once again we are looking for a scapegoat when personal responsiblity is what is lacking.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Cynthia, NC

    Anderson & Erica interview Oscar the Grouch? Ahhhhh, I'm going back to my childhood again......:)

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Henya CA,

    Priest should allow to marry then we want have those problems

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Andy, Ashland, WI

    Hey Anderson, you should did into the fact that the wife of this mother has also been married three times since she had the son. I smell a slight gold-digger. 🙂

    November 12, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Emily

    @ Jo Ann,
    Their record is all TOO long, and plays a really BAD song!
    Shameful 🙁

    November 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That was an excellent report by Gary! He is, and has always been my favorite journalist on CNN!!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  19. ericacnn

    A great night of discussion on some very tough topics.

    We'll lighten things up a bit with Oscar just ahead... spoiler alert:
    he was pretty nice, as grouches go 🙂

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Susan

    Priests are given unusual access to personal and intimate relationships with people as counselors confidants- and making those relationships sexual is a violation of that ethical trust.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  21. antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    Unbelievable.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Jennifer - AZ

    No one is to blame for the "sordid affair";
    Anderson is right, the point is that the priest should have taken care of his son.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Anderson

    Excellent topic and great discussion. It's a pity that it's over!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Renee

    @ Gergen: Health insurance policies have riders for maternity. Maybe some women just don't want to pay for these extra riders when they are beyond childbearing years. Just a thought.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hello David Gergen,
    I think people have rights to abortion, but I opposed abortion when teenagers had babies and not know how to care babies, too hard for teenagers, How about teenagers have no healthcare or insurance. Also I agree with your comment, I feel that teenagers or older moms will like rights abortion as health care as well.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  26. Jane - Vt

    Hi everyone.

    William Donohue makes me so angry. Blame somebody else. The Catholic Church should have put the priest out of the church.

    Churches have gone too far, they need to pay taxes.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  27. Wayne

    The Psalmist says to be still and know that God is God. I hope Nathan can hear God in this.... How sad!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    There is free will ... if a priest wants to relate to a woman, he should leave the Church. Make the choice of priestly life and the live in family. The rules are to be followed!

    Cover-up an error is the worst that could have happened! Very sad!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  29. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    @David Gergen, Abortion is Legal in this country. Therefore, Why should it be a "denied" procedure that affects women only?(i'm not partiicularly fond of penile implants, but i don't expect them to be denied procedure).

    I could see Ins. Co.s charging quite a bit for a "rider" on their policy.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  30. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, yes the feelings must be very intense for those professions, overwhelming and deeply felt. You are right there should be care and attention.

    I agree the Church made a bad decision. I don't understand the agreement, but I think Pat should've taken Father Henry to court for child support.

    No this isn't that strange a case, is it? Seems like there are many priests who violate their celibacy vows who leave or have to leave the priesthood. Maybe he wanted to continue to be priest, but he had to continue being a supportive father. At least there was some financial support. But the agreement was a problem. Should've been dealt with in open court.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Denise

    While there are school teachers who are guilty of conduct similar to that of the priest, I have never heard of a school district paying off the families of the children these teachers have abused. You can't say the same for the church...

    November 12, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That is right Anderson, the Catholic church does have a record of hiding these adulterer and pedophile priests by moving them around from parish to parish!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Susan

    I think Mr. Donahoe's position is that many organizations are conflicted about how to handle internal sexual scandals. Why wouldn't Pat have utilized the Shriner's hospitals that is completely FREE to the families?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. gail

    There is a victim here, the child! Also this woman was suffering mental problems and it is a sacred trust that the priest violated. Church officials should have kicked this man out , period. Do not compare David Letterman to this priest. This man defended the church on this is sickening especially .

    November 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Emily

    @ David Gergen,
    Glad to see you on the Blog tonight with us! 🙂

    November 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Rich

    How can anyone compare the Catholic Church and a Priest to CBS and David Letterman and be serious about it?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Henya, It's ironic that men (who head religious organizations and dominate our legislatures) are the ones making decisions about a woman's issue, don't you think?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Sydney McIlroy

    How can Mr. Donohue ignore the clear power imbalance?
    I can't believe he is even trying to make the case that the Catholic Church is a victim. please

    November 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Andy, Ashland, WI

    Being the last couple that Father Henry was able to marry before he was suspended, I would just like to say that he is a great man and also my wife and myself are proud to say that he married us.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Emily

    What is Barbara talking about?

    She should have known better!!!

    Here yet AGAIN, another person making excuses for someone else's bad behavior!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  41. David Gergen

    Thanks for the thoughtful responses on abortion coverage and health care tonight. Wish all conversations on tv about this issue were as good.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Susan

    Priests do have a higher level of ethical responsibility.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Susan

    Nathan is lucky compared to so many children I know whose fathers have abandon them entirely. $11,000/yr. sound reasonable and comparable to what friends of mine are getting.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so silly thought priest had big secret never tell anyone about son. Not right!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I think Nathan is really hurting emotionally. I guess this story is a good example of how followers can't rely on their religion to be respectful, ethical and, at bare minimum, do what's right.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    @Denise i agree with you .They should excumincate the priest as well as congressman who vote pro-choice .

    November 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    Wow, this is a new one for me. A deadbeat father that's a father. I feel sorry for the son. The mother and father are not innocent.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Emily

    @David Gergen,
    Is this re. all Abortions? ..even if a women becomes pregnant due to rape, incest, etc?

    If so, I think that there may be women taking drastic actions to terminate the pregnancy....even committing suicide.
    Abortion should not be a form of birth control, however, I don't believe that most women feel that it is.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  49. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Gary Tuchman:
    Thank you for exposing the hypocrisy in this story. Your report was quite revealing.

    How could the priest stay in the church And continue his affair?Why was he not expelled from the church?

    Once again the Catholic church demonstrates a complete lack of moral/ethical understanding and behavior in this case. How does this church expect people to respect its doctrine and want to stay or join?
    And then Two affairs...
    My thoughts & prayers are for the young man & his mother.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Did this woman ever think to get a job and support herself?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
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