Update: Support Brooklyn School That Returned Donation from Assemblyman Who Voted For Same-Sex MarriageBy
UPDATE: So many of you are enthusiastic about the school’s decision that many have asked how they can contribute to the school financially. Look to the lower-left hand side of the parish’s homepage for a PayPal donation button. I’d suggest adding a memo such as “In Support of Your Catholic Mission!”
Last week Bishop Dimarzio of Brooklyn, NY –who has been outspoken on the need to defend marriage– issued a strong statement condemning New York’s choice to redefine marriage, and re-stating the USCCB’s policy on denying public honors and platforms to Catholic politicians who oppose Church teaching:
In light of these disturbing developments and in protest for this decision, 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. 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.
Today a Catholic school in Brooklyn decided to follow the bishop’s lead:
Officials at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg sent back a $50 gift from Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn) – following Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s edict to refuse any honors from pols who backed same-sex marriage.
… Pastor Joseph Calise said he solicited an extra contribution from a parish society to make sure two graduates would still get awards. “I wouldn’t have allowed this to hurt the children,” he said.
Diocese spokesman Monsignor Kieran Harrington said the pastor did the right thing. “I appreciate that Assemblyman Lentol may be upset that his check was returned, but it’s kind of preposterous to say that we should be giving a platform to people whose views we fundamentally disagree with.”
… and that’s it. Notice how the world doesn’t end when Catholic institutions follow through on applying Catholic principles. The only difference between now and before is that now the Assemblyman has been clearly reminded that his choice to redefine marriage (harming the common good of society and endangering the religious liberty of the church) has consequences. Also, the Catholic school sent a clear message to its students and the general public that it disagrees with Joe Lentol’s bad decision.
Bully for this Brooklyn school.