Sacked: NY principal fired over writings on race and white supremacy

The story broke over the weekend.  Yesterday, it escalated.  Today, the Archdiocese of New York took action:

The principal of a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx has been fired because of his writings on race and white supremacy, the Archdiocese of New York said Tuesday.

Frank Borzellieri was relieved as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary school in the wake of recent coverage in the New York Daily News and other local media concerning his writings and his previous ties to a group called American Renaissance.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups in the United States, describes American Renaissance as a “white nationalist movement.”

Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the New York Archdiocese, issued a statement Tuesday saying that the principal was let go because “many of the opinions expressed by Mr. Borzellieri in his writings were found to be incompatible with the philosophy and practices of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and with Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese.”

Borzellieri was hired in 2009 as principal of the elementary school, which has, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a mostly black and Latino student body.

Zwilling’s statement did not specify when the termination was effective, and Borzellieri could not be reached by CNN on Tuesday.

  • pagansister

    A proper conclusion.

  • rudy

    I have no opinion about this man firing by the school. I do wonder if he still holds the same views he had when he wrote the book.

  • gerardnadal

    As a St. John’s alumnus, I take note of this man’s shirt. Nothing that I saw in my many years at St. John’s could ever have contributed to the distortion of another human being leading to this man’s hatred.

    It isn’t enough that he was fired. The person who “quietly” hired him showed a deplorable lack of judgement and also needs to go.

  • naturgesetz

    Good for the Archdiocese! And I’m glad the pastor also considers that the man is not fit for the job.

  • cdenmier

    My favorite is the picture of him holding a baseball bat over his shoulder (from a book cover) that is featured in some news stories.

    All I can say is that I don’t envy people who are the spokespeople for a large diocese. They have to wake up each day thinking, “Okay, Lord, what will it be today?”

  • ajesquire

    As I understand it, the Pastor is on record as saying this guy’s racist rants including “some good ideas” that can help minorities.

    I’d like the Archdiocese to get to the bottom of that.


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