The Catholic Church continues to mistreat Frank Borzellieri. For the second time in three years, the Church to which he has dedicated his life has fired him from a job for which he was eminently qualified. In 2011, without so much as a hearing, a Catholic school fired him because of his honest writings—written many years earlier—about race. His latest employer has now fired him for a second time, having learned that a different Catholic had fired him in the past. Again, with no hearing or discussion.The person who helps writer the wrong may be you, the reader of this article, because you can donate funds to help Frank Borzellieri.
As Mr. Borzellieri explained to American Renaissance, “They didn’t want to hear my side of the story. They have no interest in truth or righteousness; they care only about political correctness.”
The first time Mr. Borzellieri was fired was in August 2011 by the Archdiocese of New York. In the 1990s, he had written a lively column for a chain of New York City weekly newspapers, frequently touching on race and immigration. He also spoke to several AR conferences. He later collected some of his columns into books sold on Amazon.com and other web sites.
Before it hired Mr. Borzellieri in 2006, the Archdiocese officially reviewed his books. Monsignor Michael Hull, who has the title of Censor Librorum, which means “censor of books” in Latin, officially determined that Mr. Borzellieri’s books did not violate Catholic teaching. Mr. Borzellieri was promoted twice, eventually becoming principal of a Catholic elementary school.
After several years as principal, the New York Daily News ran a scurrilous article about Mr. Borzellieri, and he was fired the next day—for the very same writings the Church had approved. The archdiocese lied outright, claiming it never knew about the books it had officially sanctioned.
Last November, DuBois Central Catholic School in DuBois, Pennsylvania, hired Mr. Borzellieri as headmaster. The school desperately needed leadership, and by its own admission, it had hired the “the right man.”
Mr. Borzellieri did not tell DuBois Central that he had been fired from his previous job. He even went through a legal name change so as to make a fresh start. ”Look,” he says, “I was under no obligation to reveal what happened to me in New York. I had done nothing wrong. I was a victim. If I had told them in advance, there is no chance that they would have hired me.”
On five separate occasions, Mr. Borzellieri told potential employers what had happened in New York. Twice, it was when he was on the verge of being hired by a Catholic school. “I laid everything out for them,” he says. “I was completely upfront. In one case my invitation was revoked. They were willing to throw away the $700 they had already paid for my flight.”
The other incident was equally revealing:I decided to email all of the information to the priest in charge of hiring, and asked him point blank if it was worth my making the six-hour drive to upstate New York for the interview.
He replied very thoughtfully, saying he had read all my links, adding, ‘It seems a great injustice was done to you. As a priest it is my job to right a wrong.’
But then he went on to say he didn’t want to deal with the situation, and wished me good luck. In other words, I may have been wronged but someone else would have to right the wrong. [Fired Again!, AR Staff, American Renaissance, February 6, 2014]
John Derbyshire, writing about Borzellieri's persecution, said
I know from my own experience that there are generous citizens willing to help victims of the PC inquisitors with financial assistance. I beg these people—bless them all!—to help Frank Borzellieri in any way they can, either by a direct donation or by purchasing his book. On Frank’s behalf: Thank you!The direct donation link, once more, is here.