“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
The Catholic Church seems to be able to universally choose to do absolutely the wrong thing on a regular basis. It amazes me that so many bishops, who claim to be intellectuals and men of god, can be so devoutly focused on maintaining their status at any cost. Parishioners be damned, it is all about the bishops and their cronies. I have no doubt that Governor Frank Keatings nailed it correctly when he made the assessment that the Catholic Church acts in a manner more reminiscent of La Cosa Nostra. You know, the mob, the mafia, organized crime.
A case in point can be found in New York. The New York Catholic Conference, a holy and pious group of Catholics who do the bidding of the Archbishop of New York and the Bishops of the other Diocese in the Empire State, have been behaving badly. As noted in Kay Eberling’s Blog City of Angels 5: Hope 2009 and documented by the New York Times and other news sources, opponents of the New York Child Victim’s Act bussed in 3 busloads of supporters to counter-demonstrate against Victims of Priest Sexual Crimes. At the behest of the Bishop of Brooklyn, Bishop ” Nicky the Don” DiMarzio and a low life, bottom feeding, pedophile supporting City Assemblyman named Vito Lopez brought in their minions (obviously a political favor returned for some other sleazy deal) to shout down the supporters of the Act that will come up for review again in Albany in the fall.
What is the most galling is that the Lopez’s minions, many of whom did not understand what they were counter-demonstrating against, chanted and began pelting the victims of pedophile priests with coins. That would be a battery for those legal watchers out there. One report even had a pastor, a catholic priest, pushing a victim aside when that individual tried to engage him in a discussion. Shocking! A catholic priest getting physical, say it isn’t so! Where were the police? Perhaps he would have been one of the first to be exposed as a pedophile should the bill pass. No wonder he was so upset. One can only speculate at why these priests would support assault and battery on victims of sexual crimes perpetrated by priests.
Bishop “Nicky the Don” DiMarzio must miss New Jersey. I am sure he gets all misty when he watches reruns of the Sopranos from his palatial digs on Prospect Park West. Nice neighborhood! I know this because I grew up in Park Slope. We won’t delve into the controversy surrounding the removal of the long time principal of St. Saviour Elementary School, where I went to school from grade 1 to grade 7 here (maybe later so you get a more rounded picture of how sleazy Nicky the Don can be). Obviously, the vow of poverty is overlooked for a New Jersey gangster wannabe priest that ended up climbing the corporate ladder in the Catholic Church. I wonder if he is paying Vito Lopez off in alter boys?
What has been documented is that Bishop “Nicky the Don” DiMarzio has threatened to close parishes and schools in the districts of New York lawmakers who vote in favor of the New York Child Victim’s Act. Great threat Nicky! Mama DiMarzio must be so proud back in the old country, New Jersey. How does that play out? You intend to punish innocent parishioners and school children if you don’t get your way with the lawmakers? This is obviously a great and benevolent Shepherd to the flock in Brooklyn. Funny, when I was a kid in Brooklyn, we wouldn’t tolerate some thug from across the Hudson threatening our neighborhoods and families. I guess when the thug is wearing a roman collar, it is alright to turn the other cheek. Let me tell you from experience, turning your other cheek near a Catholic priest may be a very dangerous and painful thing.
You have to wonder why “Nicky the Don” is so afraid of this legislation. He says it will bankrupt the Diocese. Even though that theory has been debunked in California and Delaware where similar legislation was passed, the bishop clings to this excuse. What is more likely, is that “Nicky the Don” understands the extent of the pedophile problem in the Diocese of Brooklyn as well as in the other diocese in the Evil Empire State. He knows that there are a great number of priests, perhaps some close to the bishop who have indulged in their perversion for little boys or little girls. He knows that there are priests that have taken advantage of vulnerable adults. He knows that his “good deal” will be negatively impacted if it becomes public knowledge that he has supported pedophiles and put children at risk by not taking appropriate action to deal with pedophile priests. That action can only be handing them over to the criminal justice system. He knows and he has decided to lie, cheat and misrepresent to avoid having to tell the truth and face the parishioners in the Diocese. He is a thug and he is being supported by the spineless assemblymen who are getting sweetheart deals to vote against the bill. Ah, New York politics at its best.
If the bill were voted down on it’s own merits, I could live with that. If it is voted down because of a smear campaign by the Catholic Roman Collar Crime Machine run out of the Chanceries in Brooklyn, Manhattan and points north and west, that would be a sin. Something with which the bishops are intimately familiar.
Tell me Nicky, if you have the stones, why do you support priests that rape children? Why are you so afraid of a law that protects children and allows for some justice for those who have been victimized by priests, nuns, teachers, scoutmasters, etc? Are you really that threatened by the truth? Do you have any idea of the damage done by the 5-9% of the priests that decide that they get off on sexual crimes against children. Tell me Bishop, how many pedophiles are you protecting? What do they have on you?
How can this thug be called a Bishop? Is there not one priest in the state of New York who will put faith, service, compassion and the truth ahead of the bishops’ calls for threats, treachery, and lies? The Cardinal wants the bill to fail, given his track record of supporting pedophiles in the midwest and in Connecticut, it isn’t a surprise. I wonder if he is wringing his hands over the decision of the courts to release documents that will prove that the Bishops lie as a matter of corporate policy. New York needs to open its eyes to the carpetbaggers in their churches. These men are perpetuating the climate that allows your children to become the victims of the pedophiles in your midst.
Abuse thrives in an atmosphere of secrecy. It is time to understand that concept and take action.
Support passage of the New York Child Victims Act and let the truth come out. It will be painful, but it is the only way for the changes that are required to keep our kids safe. Let the pain be visited on those who committed the atrocities or those that supported them. You will be surprised to see the support that these monsters had, all the way up through the Archbishops, past and present.