I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, but this piece of news did make me go “Oh, I say….”
Virginia ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revealed 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 began.
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.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported 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.
I come to no conclusion whatsoever about the living arrangement, but I have to ask: When was the last time you saw the terms “a bawdy place” or “lewdness, assignation or prostitution” in print when it wasn’t a review of Oliver Twist? I must go and find out what Lady Sneerwell has to say about this most curious arrangement.