Update: Support Brooklyn School That Returned Donation from Assemblyman Who Voted For Same-Sex Marriage

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!”

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Last week Bishop Dimarzio of Brooklyn, NY –who has beenĀ 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:

A Brooklyn Catholic school rejected a local assemblyman’s donation – saying they couldn’t take the cash because he voted to legalize gay marriage.

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.

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49 thoughts on “Update: Support Brooklyn School That Returned Donation from Assemblyman Who Voted For Same-Sex Marriage

  1. Irishtroubadour says:

    For those in favor of Gay Marriage: Would you agree that two consenting, Blood-sibling Adults, who truly love each other, should be allowed to get married?

    1. Bruce says:

      There is no reason why they can’t be, if you buy into homosexual friendships as marriages. If procreation or even the mere act ordered toward procreation is not necessary for marriage, then there is no reason why anyone can’t be married, or any number for that matter, since the “two” requirement only makes sense when reproduction and coitus is involved. Any attempts to suggest otherwise is simple discrimination against people who love each other, be they siblings or groups of people. State-recognized homosexual friendship supporters have no legal or logical ground to deny siblings or multiple partners from marrying. None at all.

      1. Irishtroubadour says:

        Thanks for your words Bruce. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

  2. janet fernandez says:

    This is ridiculous. Accepting a donation does not amount to bestowing public honor. This is the stupidest thing I’ve read in quite a while. The school should from now on make all its benefactors sign a written creed. My kid would be pulled out of there so fast…

    1. Bruce says:

      So you refuse to follow the leadership of the successors of the Apostles appointed by Jesus Christ? If so, I guess you shouldn’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

    2. enness says:

      No, but it could amount to a charge of hypocrisy, corruption…if the flow of money were the other way around there would certainly be screaming.

    3. Scott W. says:

      Surely the idea that accepting donations as not bestowing an honor is an unhelpful quibble. I’d say they were true to the spirit of the bishop’s request rather than just the letter. Stop the presses! Catholics going above and beyond the call of obedience!

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