Maltese Islanders Back Accused Priest
On the island of Gozo, many residents refused to speak about the case, and those who did had only kind words for Mercieca, who they said grew up in a respected and pious family. Mercieca's brother, who is also a priest, told reporters outside the home they share that the allegations were a "political invention." Asked why he thought so, the Rev. George Mercieca said "because he is one of (President) Bush's men." He was apparently referring to Foley being a Republican.