March 15th, 2010
08:55 PM ET

Health care reform down to the wire: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, President Obama pushing for last-minute support on health care reform, Rielle Hunter speaking out, and a Roman Catholic priest who still celebrates mass, even after his former archdiocese kicked him out of his former church.

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    candy crowley is... the greatest!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  2. Kathryn- Plym Mtg, PA

    Why must he compound the damage by talking at all.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gary Tuchman,
    Thanks for reporting good story.........I couldn't believe my eyes the priest just sex abuse..... that is unacceptable for priest. shame on him!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  4. Cessy-Chicago

    what church is this priest located now?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The priest sound like he turned on!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  6. Kim- Ohio

    Great reporting Gary Tuchman! I bet it had to be hard interviewing that guy..knowing what he knows and the priest is just laughing it off.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  7. Maureen T., Mississauga, Canada

    How about Father Chester telling the truth!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @starr, there are 1 billion Catholics worldwide and over 400,000 priests, the vast majority good. This is a bad situation, but not the downfall of the Church.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    i agree anderson.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  10. Vance

    This priest seems a little too hesitant on some answers. He is actually quite creepy.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  11. Bob Billings

    Regardless of what everyone thinks of the biologic debate, fact is that generic versions of these expensive medicines are now sold in about 40 countries around the world. Why not in the US? And no other country provides more that 10 years of market protection. Why 12 years in the US? PS: no matter what the market protection–7 yrs or 12 yrs–they all get 20-yr patent life, too.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    It is absolutely wrong in my opinion for Pope Ratz to have instructed the parishes to declare bankruptcy rather than pay these children the prescribed and court ordered monetary damages. I would only expect that in the most callous American corporation, not from a religious leader.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  13. Lori

    It would be so difficult to come forward on these cases with priests.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brasil

    I am Catholic, I studied all my life in Catholic institutions, I interacted with priests and sisters. These stories shock and sadden me too!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  15. Devin

    What does a alter boy do? Im protestant i dont know do they just light candels?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  16. Debby, MI

    Why does the Catholic church cover their priests sins? Why aren't these child molesters in jail with the others convicted of this crime? These children then as adults endure years of emotional trauma which they may never recover from. Why is this religion above the law? My heart goes out to these traumatized children now adults.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The church pays people off to make things go away so that they can avoid any further negative publicity and it stops the authorities from further investigations.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  18. Kimberly, IL

    @Kim Ohio

    Sexual abusers take on all kinds of professions but I think it would help if Catholic priests were allowed to be married and allowed to be openly gay. However, I was raised as a Catholic and know that that will NEVER happen. It's sad, I wish the Catholic Church was not so stuck in the dark ages

    March 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  19. Maureen T., Mississauga, Canada

    why are these priests portrayed as next to God and untouchable. How convenient for him to remember a different story. Those men are not lying! Who would lie about sexual abuse, really?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Anderson, you are absulutely right!! Cand Crowley is absolutely cool and terrific!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  21. Sophia Garcia

    What baloney! The Catholic Church disgusts me! How could they hide such terrible secrets and call themselves a church? And what man would admit to (and describe in detail) being the victim of such horrible things if it weren't true? It's too heartbreaking... And only Jesus Christ can heal that pain...

    March 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  22. David, Indiana

    Anderson, yes it is amazing all that was going on while he was running for President, even so, I don't the all the media attention is going to make everyone act reasonable.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Kim- Ohio
    Yes! I agree with you!!!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  24. Danie T.

    @ Anderson

    You would think someone who's running for president would have stronger brain – The could-be Commander in Chief cannot govern himself how was he going to govern the country?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  25. Cessy-Chicago

    Mr. Tuchman always brings us great stories!!!

    Nothing is shocking anymore for me here in Chicago.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    As with most things the crime was bad, but the coverup is what is killing the Church. Had they gone public, said there was a problem and what they were doing to fix it, the impact would have been much less. It would have been the morally correct thing as well.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I believe them (children) are telling the true than and now!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  28. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Brian, it appears that former State Secretary Condie Rice met with the Vatican officials to specifically tell then president Bush jr. to block a request by US Courts to include the Vatican in monetary claims by children that were found to be abused. And Bush jr. appears to have instructed the US Justice Dept. to do that shortly after meeting with Rice.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  29. Brian

    well produced

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  30. andersoncnn

    Paul, welcome to the blog, thank you for telling us your story.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  31. starr, formerly known as vincent

    !I believe these gentlemen's stories. And, i'm not surprised that the accused priest is still practicing!

    Obviously the Church took their claims serisouly if they were paid for pain and suffering by the Catholic churchl

    We may actually be witnessing the downfall of the Catholic church, as there appears to be no end in sight of twisted sexual practices (to include the Vatican scandal from last week.)

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I will read this her comment from GQ magazine after show. And I agree with you, Candy Crowley is best reporter and anchor in the world. 🙂

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  33. Devin

    "well were going to make him say it next"???

    March 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  34. Renee

    Regarding Father Chester the Molester. I can not understand why the folks in the church have not demanded these folks go to jail!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Great questions by Gary! Gary is great at interviewing all types of people. He is never intimidated or afraid to ask the important questions.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  36. Claus

    @Kim, if they want to marry, I think they should be allowed to do so.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  37. Kimberly, IL

    Maybe the church is paying Peter to push the issue aside and move on- to shut him up. However, that is not the case because now they have drawn even more attention and suspicion to themselves.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  38. Vance

    I am a Canadian, and it is hard to believe that health care reform is taking so long in the states. People have the right to feel safe if their health is in danger.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |

    evening anderson.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  40. Lori

    How does AC360 get their hands on these secret church files? How do you do it?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  41. Nancy in Oregon

    It gets that way, doesn't it Valerie? You come to expect it anymore....just like expecting what we see with John Edwards as a politician.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  42. LisaL -Canada

    i appologize if this offends anyone, but i have never thought that the whole idea of priests and celibacy is a particularly (psychologically) healthy thing. i know it's rooted in the faith, but many religions allow those who serve their God and their communities to actually marry and have families.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  43. Cessy-Chicago

    Yeah! make the priest tell the real story....

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  44. Kim- Ohio

    That priest should be in prison. Disgusting!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  45. A. Smith, Oregon

    Man, that has to be one of the most difficult things these children have ever endured and spoke about. My heart goes out to these thousands of innocent children who will never trust adults again in the same way as before this occurred to them.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Nancy, ha, ha, yes I think I'll manage.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  47. Valerie NYC

    Good story Gary Tuckman...

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  48. Claus

    @Star, thanks.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  49. Doug

    Profit-motivated healthcare insurance has left many people without coverage, going broke paying for healthcare. Its also left many people with just emergency-room healthcare, no preventive care, and by that time it may well be too late for them.
    Is our government now going to end up doing nothing to even begin to reform healthcare?

    March 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  50. Mike in NJ

    its a shame that pharma was allowed to buy reform. They paid $150 million for ads for pro reform groups and will make hundreds of billions in profits.

    it'll make the medicare part D fiasco look like prudent fiscal discipline in 10 years.

    all the while the President demonize insurers.

    Did he really say that "Natoma" paid $4000 in copays and $6000 in premium but her insurer paid nothing because she had only met $900 of her deductible.

    Does the President not realize that when an insurer pays your claim and your copay is $30 they paid 5-10x that to the doctor? So using that basic math her insurer probably paid at least $100,000.

    While I feel sorry for her situation the basic rules of math state that this is unsustainable. You want to blame someone, blame doctors and pharma. the true culprits of healthcare that are laughing all the way to the bank with this "reform"

    March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
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