Rick Santorum’s Catholicism runs to the fervent, and can discompose people whose faith is nominative at best. As one who believes in charity as a divine command, I’m going to offer that as an explanation for Alan Colmes’ cheap shot about Santorum bringing his dead son home in 1996 before taking him to the funeral home. (h/t: Memeorandum). In all likelihood, Colmes simply experienced a visceral reaction to the oddness of treating a dead child like a member of the family, if only to say good-bye.
There is nothing specifically Catholic about saying good-bye to a dead baby, but it comes from the wellspring of Santorum’s faith. A dead child is still, however briefly, a child, a son, a brother. Santorum will always be that child’s father, and he believes implicitly that, should he attain Paradise, his dead son will be there, welcoming him.
Inasmuch as our society regards the dead as waste, to be disposed of with a minimum of fuss, what Santorum did was odd. But I get it. And, after a moments, reflection, Colmes did as well: hence his apology. It would have been better had he reflected for a moment before naming him some kind of a religious nut, but I do not expect such from TV ideologues. In many ways, the Church of Rome is still an alien faith here.