Archbishop Dolan Wants to Make de Blasio a Better Catholic

A Bill de Blasio figurine, among religious artifacts, in Italy. (Photo: Getty)
A Bill de Blasio figurine, among religious artifacts, in Italy. (Photo: Getty)

As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio ascends to City Hall, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is hoping the most powerful pol in New York City gives a lot more thought to an even higher power.

Mr. Dolan, the loquacious leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, told ABC7’s Up Close program yesterday that he would like to see the relatively non-religious Mr. de Blasio embrace his Catholic roots.  Continue reading “Archbishop Dolan Wants to Make de Blasio a Better Catholic”

Bill de Blasio Talks Religion in the Bronx

Bill de Blasio schmoozing at the senior center.
Bill de Blasio schmoozing at the senior center.

Bill de Blasio today denounced the deployment of a handful of vans blaring messages that suggest the Democratic mayoral front-runner is a “closet socialist,” atheistic and “anti-church.”

“It’s inappropriate and it’s obviously, it’s desperate. And whoever’s doing this is trying to go and confuse people,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters when asked about the vans during a press scrum in the Bronx. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Talks Religion in the Bronx”

Mayoral Candidates Debate Faith, Pot and Police in the Bronx

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The candidates on stage.

Cops resemble “slave catchers.” Sal Albanese never smoked a joint. The Bloomberg Administration has locked the men of God out of City Hall.

These were all arguments presented at yesterday’s peculiar mayoral forum, moderated by clergymen in the Bronx.

“How do you make the city safe with the thugs who are running around from the police department undercover who are from the outer boroughs and Long Island?” Randy Credico, a comedian and long-shot mayoral candidate, boomed. “They have thousands of undercover cops that are whacked out on steroids, going around like slave catchers, this is true, like slave catchers did back in the 1860’s and 1850’s in the wake of the fugitive slave law.”

Continue reading “Mayoral Candidates Debate Faith, Pot and Police in the Bronx”

Did a Failed Childhood Relationship Put Francis on a Path to the Papacy?

Pope Francis standing on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica's after being elected. (Photo: Getty)
Pope Francis standing on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica’s after being elected. (Photo: Getty)
The Puerto Rican news site El Nuevo Dia just published an account of an interview an Argentine woman who claims to be a childhood sweetheart of the newly-elected Pope Francis gave to reporters today. In the interview, the woman, who is named only as “Amalia,”  said she had a relationship with Pope Francis when he was about 12-years-old and he told her, “If I don’t marry you, I’m entering the priesthood.” Continue reading “Did a Failed Childhood Relationship Put Francis on a Path to the Papacy?”

Cardinal Dolan Calls Selection of Pope Francis I a ‘Milestone’ for the Catholic Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Photo: Getty)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Photo: Getty)

Though he was a longshot, many locals were hoping Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who serves as the Catholic Church’s Archbishop of New York, would be selected pope to replace Benedict XVI, who abruptly abdicated last month. However, when the white smoke cleared over the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican announced Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to lead the Church, becoming the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit to hold the position. In his capacity as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Dolan released a statement reacting to the selection of Cardinal Bergoglio, who will now be known as Pope Francis I.

“The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis I, marks a great milestone in our church,” said Mr. Dolan. “As successor to Peter, our first pope, Pope Francis I stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him.” Continue reading “Cardinal Dolan Calls Selection of Pope Francis I a ‘Milestone’ for the Catholic Church”

Dov Hikind Calls Criticism of His Blackface Purim Costume ‘Political Correctness to the Absurd’

Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes. (Photo: Facebook)
Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes. (Photo: Facebook)

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind is standing by his decision to don a Purim costume that some people have described as offensive “blackface.” The outfit, which consisted of brown face paint, an afro wig and sunglasses in what Mr. Hikind described as a representation of a “black basketball player”provoked widespread outrage after Politicker first wrote about it this morning. However, in a post on his personal website bluntly titled “It’s Purim. People Dress Up,” Mr. Hikind argued his critics don’t understand the nature of the Purim holiday, a costume and wine-fueled reverie commemorating a time when Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. Continue reading “Dov Hikind Calls Criticism of His Blackface Purim Costume ‘Political Correctness to the Absurd’”

Councilman Blasts ‘Blatant Bigotry’ in HBO Documentary on the Catholic Church

Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)
Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)

This morning, Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich took to his Facebook page to post a scathing review of Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in The House of God, an HBO documentary on the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. Mr. Ulrich had several issues with the film, which he characterized as “an exploitive and biased account of a dark chapter in the history of the Catholic Church.”

“As a proud Roman Catholic, I am truly offended by the blatant bigotry contained in HBO’s so-called documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in The House of God,” Mr. Ulrich wrote. “It accuses His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of being complicit in covering up sex abuses cases involving Catholic priests and unfairly criticizes the late Pope John Paul II. Above all, its chock full of anti-catholic rhetoric and demonizes members of the clergy (most of whom are dedicated, compassionate and pious men).” Continue reading “Councilman Blasts ‘Blatant Bigotry’ in HBO Documentary on the Catholic Church”