Catholic Church Bans Brooklyn Politicians Over Gay Marriage Vote

07/06/2011 12:25 PM |

The Church has established No Politician Zones around schools like South Slopes Bishop Ford
  • The Church has established “No Politician Zones” around schools like South Slope’s Bishop Ford

State officials who voted in support of marriage equality have been banned by the Diocese of Brooklyn from so much as appearing at a Catholic school, the Brooklyn Paper reports. “I have asked all Catholic schools to refuse any distinction or honors bestowed upon them this year by the governor or any member of the legislature who voted to support this legislation,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio wrote. “Furthermore, I have asked all pastors and principals to not invite any state legislator to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration.”

For an example of how this works in practice, the Paper illustrates:

Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D—Williamsburg) told us the $50 check he sent for a student at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s parish school on Withers Street in Williamsburg was returned — along with a copy of the bishop’s statement.

“I’m disappointed,” said Lentol, a Catholic who voted for the bill, and often attends services at the church. “They’ve always accepted my checks.”

Mt. Carmel’s pastor, Joseph Calise, said he was following orders from DiMarzio.

“It couldn’t be done in Joe’s name,” Calise said of the annual award from Lentol. Calise added that a parishioner provided a matching award.

The ban is intended to punish politicians, but so far it just looks like it’s kids who are punished. How typically Catholic!