How did he find out?
From the Vittor statement
U.S. Sen. David Vitter made the following statement today about his telephone number being on the old phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates prior to his running for the U.S. Senate. He respectfully requests that the statement be used in full without editing or paraphrasing.
"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling.
Okay. I can see asking the wife for forgiveness and receiving it. I can see asking God for forgiveness. But how did Vitter learn that he received forgiveness from God?
Did he get a registered letter? Was he told in a dream? (The Gospel of Matthew method.) Did an angel stop by to let him know? Was there a variant of "In hoc signo vinces"
in the Louisiana sky?
Either (a) he has a closer relationship with the divine than the rest of us or (b) he's an arrogant sumbitch.
Barring additional evidence, the principle of inference to the simplest explanation suggests (b).
It is a tenant among many Christians that the very act of asking for forgiveness automatically results in receiving it.
he said he received forgiveness from God and his wife in confession and marriage counselling. Presumably respectively- God in confession and wife in marriage counselling. Catholics going to confession believe they have received forgiveness for the confessed sins (I wonder how many our fathers and hail Marys this one cost.)
Vitter’s wife, Wendy, was asked in 1998 what she would do if her husband strayed. “I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,” she said. “If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me. I think fear is a very good motivating factor in a marriage.”
Look for David Vitter on the Senate floor today, he'd be the one sitting with his legs crossed.