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The Brooklyn Way

February 6th, 2013, Promulgated by Hopefull

As I was surfing around on Cardinal Dolan’s blog, up popped excerpts from Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio in a recent letter to his flock.  It is so refreshing to see and hear and understand where a shepherd is coming from, that it seemed worthwhile to share.  What follows are some key excerpts.  The whole letter is available at

Deeper Into the Culture of Death

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

“The so-called “pro-choice” movement has its roots in the ideology of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who understood her call to be one who would “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.” Of course, a young Barack Obama was precisely the sort of unfit child that Sanger and her allies would want to eliminate.”

“Tragically, the President has not been an advocate for those young children faced with similarly difficult circumstances. He has chosen to use the bully pulpit not to call upon us all to be nobler and to embrace each child, regardless of origins and circumstances; rather, he has been a proponent of an expediency that is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.”

 “It is clear there is an assault on the people of faith in our country…. the Obama Administration also presumes to dictate what are legitimate church corporations… and those that are not.  …  However, as Government involves itself in our internal affairs, there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that the Government would seek to compel religious institutions to provide abortion services in the future.”

“In my view, those who voted for President Obama bear the responsibility for a step deeper in the culture of death. Under the cover of women’s issues, we now see an assault on religious freedom and personal conscience.”

“In our own state, Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed the largest expansion of abortion rights in New York State history. The irony is that our leadership is proposing this at a time when increasingly more Americans oppose abortion and support greater restrictions upon abortions. … We may lose, but we will stand up for what we believe.”

“Some may think my tone a bit strident and even un-nuanced. Maybe the time has come for more direct conversation on these matters, if we hope to preserve what is left of our God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights.”

“I would have hoped that the first African-American president of the United States would have stood on the side of freedom for all. Instead, he stands on the side of political expediency. Mr. Lincoln, with great difficulty, put out into the deep and paid with his life. Would that our political leaders today would have some of the same courage.”


One Response to “The Brooklyn Way”

  1. avatar annonymouse says:

    Brilliant, your Excellency!

    I am particularly heartened by this line: “Maybe the time has come for more direct conversation on these matters, if we hope to preserve what is left of our God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights.”

    I was thinking that sending an auxiliary to our diocese, with an NYC-in-your-face attitude might be a disaster. Perhaps what our diocese, state and nation need is more “in your face!”

    P.S. regarding the title “Excellency” I bring to your attention the following, which will make your blood boil:

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