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By:  Michael Baumann

Bishop “Nicky the Don” DiMarzio, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, New York is staying true to his support of those things that are neither Catholic nor Christian.  The New Jersey transplant and “wannabe mobster”,  has decided to record a political phone message in support of Assemblyman Vito Lopes who is in the midst of a tough reelection campaign. Taking a strong political stand and putting the tax exempt position of his Diocese at risk, the Bishop is supporting a proponent of many issues that are  in direct opposition to Catholic positions.

“Nicky the Don” is openly supporting the Assemblyman Lopez who was instrumental in defeating an attempt in the New York State legislature to pass window legislation that would allow adult victims of sexual abuse as children to seek a civil remedy for the crimes committed against them.  The Bishop, obviously a great man of god, opposed the bill because the Diocese is potentially still harboring pedophile priests who preyed on children and would have faced law suits for protecting the predators instead of handing them over to authorities. This is all a matter of political payback.

Nicky has decided to prostitute himself by supporting Vito Lopez.  Mr. Lopez has championed the rights of gay couples to marry and supported the liberalization of abortion laws in New York State.  Both of these issues are obviously high on the list of issues that the patriarch of the Catholic Church in Brooklyn embraces even though they are not supported, as a rule, by the Catholic Church.   It must be nice for the Bishop to be able to pick and choose which moral issues he can embrace and which ones he can cast aside as politically inconvenient.

“Nicky the Don” is showing his true colors as a bishop who would subjugate the official policies of the Catholic Church to his own political agenda.  That agenda is focused on making sure that justice is denied to people who were abused (sexually, physically, and mentally) at the hands of Catholic priests over the years.  He is showing just how beholden he is to those that supported his desire to derail justice to victims of priests by supporting the same legislators who support killing the unborn and permitting same-sex marriage.

Bishop DiMarzio shows a moral and ethical defect in supporting a man who champions patently un-Catholic and un-Christian policies.  Yes, the Bishop is comfortably in bed with the devil so he can have his cake and make his flock choke on it.

All of this is more proof that this worm of a cleric is nothing more than a New Jersey carpet bagging hood who is more interested in his own personal advancement than standing up and supporting the bedrock issues upon which the church is built.  What a great example he sets!   In effect, he is telling his flock in Brooklyn that his example is one of religious bankruptcy and personal vanity.

This from the same Catholic leader who threatened to shut down the parishes and schools in districts where support for the New York Child Victims Act and opposition to abortion and gay marriage are hallmarks of the Catholic populace.   Do you need more proof that this is yet another example of a spiritually deficient Catholic leader?

I guess for Bishop DiMarzio the initials “WWJD?” stand for “Who Wants Jelly Donuts?”  He doesn’t seem to know or care how his “savior” would want him to lead his flock.  He is just another morally and ethically corrupt hack.

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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.

If you live in New York State or know someone that lives in New York State, please go the New York Child Victims Act website and sign the online petition to support passage of this very important legislation.

Despite the propaganda being distributed by the Catholic Church in New York and their proxies, this act is designed to allow victims of childhood sexual crimes to seek justice. The act will allow for an expanded statute of limitation that will allow victims time to bring civil suits in cases where credible reports of sexual crimes exist.

The act does not specifically target the Roman Catholic Church. However, the Catholic Church is putting on a full court press to prevent passage of this act because they are afraid of the consequences of the rights of child victims to seek the truth about crimes perpetrated by teachers, religious, Scout leaders, rabbis, ministers, lay persons and priests. The Catholic Church has actively participated in shielding pedophile priests and is afraid that passage of this bill will expose the truth. They should be afraid. Time and again the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church has acted in a criminal manner to safeguard pedophile priests in their ranks.

The passage of similar legislation in Delaware and California revealed the depth of the problem of children being targeted for sexual crimes by trusted members of the community. While the Catholic Church threatens the use of strong arm tactics on legislators and cries that this act will bankrupt the church, no such threats were carried out in those states that passed similar legislation to protect children. In fact, the only attempt to file for bankruptcy was in the Diocese of San Diego. The judge in that case threw out the Diocese request because the Diocese was not forthcoming on all their assets and the judge saw right through the ploy by the Diocese to avoid having to pay settlements.

Everyone knows someone in New York.  Get the word out and help this legislation get through the Assembly and Senate in Albany by telling your representatives that you support the protection of children in the Empire State.

Sorry for the really short notice on this. If you are in New York and can help support the Child Victims Act proponents in getting the legislators in the NY State Assembly to do the right thing, they are working on a post card campaign to get the members of the State Assembly motivated to vote in favor of the bill. See the details from an email I received earlier today:

Dear Friends of the Child Victims Act,

It has just come to my attention that the postcard campaign will hit Great Neck, Long Island tomorrow, Saturday August 1, between 10am and 2pm. They will be in the Waldbaums shopping center in Great Neck at the intersection of Middle Neck Road and Great Neck Road . The Great Neck RR station is across the street.

If you are able to help, please call Tim E. at 516-987-7089 or e-mail at eeshman@aol.com

Thank you for your support in this very important work.

If you are a resident of the Empire State, the time is now to act and to persuade others of the merits and social, moral and judicial imperatives in passing this very important piece of legislation. Pick up the phone, email, blog, twitter … Any form of communication can get this message to the right ears.

Get up and do something, NOW!

I am frustrated.  Admittedly, some of the frustration comes from a tyranny of distance.  I am in southern Virginia and the diocese that I have an issue with is 400 miles worth of driving north of here.  I would love to have a face to face conversation with the Bishop’s advocate so I could look her in the eyes and see whether she is part of the problem with the Diocese of Scranton, or part of the solution.   I want to meet with the other victims of Father Gibson and victims of other priests in the Scranton Diocese.  I’ll make the drive, but it takes planning and timing.

I am frustrated by the New York legislature, they had the opportunity to do the right thing with the Child Victims Act of New York and yet they still have not passed it.  SNAP had a presence in Albany to lobby for votes.  They asked for photos and people to come to the Capitol to put a human face on an inhuman scandal.  I would have loved to drive to Albany to take part in the event, but I again, it was just too far at a time I needed to be in the office in southern Virginia.  I don’t know how it went nor have I seen any reports or photos of the SNAP event.

I am frustrated with SNAP and the other organizations out there that are advocating for victims.   SNAP is a  national organization, but at the local level they are not always there.  If you look at their website there are  points of contact listed that are no longer active. To use a term my wife, Melissa coined, these sites are becoming “Cob-Websites”. I know that the heads of organizations like SNAP are trying to do the right thing, but I think that they are losing victims who are already hesitant to come forward, by having broken links and out of date contact information.   Nothing is more frustrating than trying to speak for the first time and finding the point of contact you are trying to call is no longer there.  That happened to me 2 years ago when I decided it was time to end my silence.  The name listed on the SNAP website for this part of Virginia was no longer acting as a SNAP contact.

I am frustrated that for many people watching from the sidelines, there is a perseption that this is a Catholic Problem.  It isn’t.  It is a Baptist problem, a Jewish problem, a Mormon problem, and a Lutheran problem.  It is a local, statewide, national and global problem.  If you don’t believe me, take a look through Kathy Shaw’s blog Abuse Tracker.

I recommend that SNAP does what it can to energizes the base .  The tools  to do just that may be right under our noses.  Computers, iPhones, cell phones, blackberries and other electronic devices can be employed to pull us together. The SNAP website offers hints on writing letters to the editor and handing out leaflets.  That is all good stuff.  But why don’t we connect all our blogs together?

A few suggestions:

For the SNAP Conference in Washington, DC over the weekend of 7-9 August why don’t we set up Twitterfalls to track what people are say and see how people are reacting to speakers and break out sessions in real time.  Why don’t we webcast key meetings or speeches to the people that want to listen but can’t make it to D.C.? (That was an idea from Kay Eberling).  Why don’t we have an interactive online community to allow for the free exchange of ideas, strategies, support and discussion?  It could be a central location for blogs, allow people who don’t want to set their own blogs to submit articles when they are ready to do so.  We have Bishop Accountability, Abuse Tracker, SNAP, FACSA and other websites, but they seem to be more for the presentation of information.  We need discourse, interaction and community. We need to work on legislation on the state and federal level.  We need to work together.

We will not succeed as a community in our search for justice and change if we are isolated from each other. So why don’t we use the computers in front of our noses to effect a change and hold the bishops accountable for their sins of ommission as well as their sins of commission.

My Twitter address is OffMyKnees.  I plan on Twittering from the Conference in Washington DC this August.  If you have a twitter account, follow me and I will follow you.  We all need to start having a discussion, if we start with 140 characters at a time, at least we are starting.

I was sent the link to an article from a legal website by a reader on “window legislation” and how it is evolving in the fight on child sex abuse.

Yes, it is another homework assignment!  You should read “The Maturing of a Movement: Statute of Limitations Reform for Sex Abuse Victims” by Marci A. Hamilton

Next we need to start looking at the states that have not stepped up to the plate to support the protection of children from predators, be they priests, nuns, rabbis, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, etc…  There is no excuse for any state house across the country to refrain from taking action.  No state has been immune from the child sex scandal in the Catholic Church, other organizations are also concealing similiar atrocities. It is time to stand up and be active in advocating for legislation in every state. 

For me, I have an interest in this debate in 4 states.  If you have read my blog you are familiar with my perp’s activities, at my expense,  in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York. I know he took others across states lines as well.  Of those 3 states, New York has active legislation working through the New York State Assembly in Albany.  They may actually be voting today (June 16).  

Virginia State Capitol, Richmond Virginia

Virginia State Capitol, Richmond Virginia

I currently reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia.   I think it is time that I  start knocking on the Virginia State Capitol doors in Richmond.  Upon which door should you be knocking?

Part of managing this blog is checking on the dashboard to see if anyone is reading what I post. In some cases I can see the referrers that bring readers to my blog. Of interest on the list of referrers, in the last few days especially, is Behan Communications. Behan Communications is a Public Affairs, Public Relations and Marketing Firm based in Albany, New York who count the New York State Catholic Conference Policy Group and the Diocese of Albany as clients. The NY Catholic Conference is the public policy voice for the Catholic Church in the State of New York.  The NYSCC is the Cardinal’s (Archdiocese of New York)  mouthpiece in the war on protecting the kingdom and it’s treasure from the serfs that fill the pews and pay the bills for the fancy houses, big cars, snazzy outfits and the expenses involved with keeping pedophiles comfortable in the Empire State.

I am sure that the good folks at Behan are following the legislative proceedings in the State Capital very closely. I will assume that part of having the New York State Catholic Conference as a client is supporting the Pro-Pedophile, Anti-victim/survivor posture adopted by most diocese in the United States. No doubt they will actively lobby for legislation that is ineffective and allows the Bishops to continue to obstruct justice and protect pedophile while utilizing the donations of parishioners to accomplish those tasks. I wonder if they are paid in 30 pieces of silver increments?

Behan Communications advertises litigation support services “to help businesses and institutions respond to the adverse publicity and provide sound, protective and accurate information to shareholders, employees, customers and the media while protecting their legal positions, Behan Communications’ litigation support practice works closely with our clients’ attorneys in civil and criminal courts“.  In other words, they are spin masters.  They put lipstick on pigs for a living.  (I apologize to any pig that may be insulted by any comparison, real or implied, to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, Ireland, the Vatican or any other part of the world or underworld).

I can only surmise that Behan will be working tirelessly to support their Diocesan client in denying their role in the Catholic Sex Scandal and isolating the victims of clerical sex abuse. A question posed on their website seems to say it all. “If you win in court, but lose in the court of public opinion, have you really won?”  When it comes to pedophile priests and the Bishops that protect them, I think the jury in the court of public opinion has already rendered a verdict.

I do appreciate the page views, thanks guys!

The Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (FACSA) has issued an “Action Alert” to garner support for the NY Child Victims Act (NY Assembly Bill 2596). If you are a victim who was abused in New York (even if you are not a resident of that state), know someone that was or are just concerned about the continuing sexual exploitation and abuse of children please consider writing to the state legislators listed below.

If you need to understand why this bill is important, the NY Coalition to Protect Children has a website that explains better than I can.

The text of the FACSA Action Alert follows:

Urgent Action Needed on NY Child Victims Act

In the next 2 days your action could help get the NY Child Victims Act (NY Assembly Bill 2596) passed.

There is a bill in the New York Assembly that has a chance to extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse and to open a one year window to allow survivors to have a chance for justice. The NY Catholic Conference is promoting a competing bill which extends the statute of limitations minimally and does not have a window. It is imperative that NY Legislators hear from survivors and their supporters. Please call or email the people on the list below and share this email with everyone you know who cares about children.

THE TIME TO CALL/EMAIL THEM IS NOW!

These following members of the New York Assembly may be on the fence about the Child Victims Act. It is imperative that they hear from victims and their supporters to encourage them to vote yes on this bill.

Ron Canestrari 518-455-4474 CanestR@assembly.state.ny.us

RoAnn M. Destito 518-455-5454 DestitR@assembly.state.ny.us

John J. McEneny 518-455-4178 McEnenJ@assembly.state.ny.us

Audrey I. Pheffer 518-455-4292 PheffeA@assembly.state.ny.us

Robert Reilly 518-455-5931 ReillyR@assembly.state.ny.us

Marc Alessi 518-455-5294 AlessiM@assembly.state.ny.us

Carl Heastie 518-455-4800 HeastieC@assembly.state.ny.us

Sam Hoyt 518-455-4886 HoytS@assembly.state.ny.us

William Magee 518-455-4807 MageeW@assembly.state.ny.us

Joseph Morell 518-455-5373 MorellJ@assembly.state.ny.us

Alec Brook-Krasny 518-455-4811 BrookKrasnyA@assembly.state.ny.us

Joan K. Christensen 518-455-5383 ChristensenJ@assembly.state.ny.us

Andrew Hevesi 518-455-4926 HevesiA@assembly.state.ny.us

Naomi Rivera 518-455-5844 RiveraN@assembly.state.ny.us

Kenneth Zebrowski 518-455-5735 ZebrowskiK@assembly.state.ny.us

Francine DelMonte 518-455-5284 DelMonF@assembly.state.ny.us

Mark Weprin 518-455-5806 WeprinM@assembly.state.ny.us

William B. Magnarelli 518-455-4826 MagnarW@assembly.state.ny.us

Michael Benedetto 518-455-5296 BenedeM@assembly.state.ny.us

Adam Bradley 518-455-5397 BradleA@assembly.state.ny.us

Grace Meng 518-455-5411 MengG@assembly.state.ny.us

Michael G. DenDekker 518-455-4545 DenDekkerM@assembly.state.ny.us

Frank K. Skartados 518-455-5762 SkartadosF@assembly.state.ny.us

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