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30 October 2009

From New Jersey, I'll Gladly Say I'm a New Yorker

From Archbishop Tim Dolan of New York:


The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article. The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it.

FOUL BALL!



By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan


Archbishop of New York


October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!


Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.


It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.”

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