Archive for April 2008

Rudy Giuliani Embarrasses Roman Catholic Church at Pope’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral Mass – By George J. Marlin

April 20, 2008

When the thrice married Rudy Giuliani was asked after Pope Benedict’s St. Patrick’s Catholic Mass if, “he was uncomfortable with having broken the Church ban on the divorced and remarried receiving Communion,” Rudy Giuliani answered, “No.”

What arrogance!  In the presence of the Pope, Giuliani declares he is above the rules of the Roman Catholic Church.

Rudy Giuliani knows better – he was well trained in the basics of the Catholic faith at Bishop Loughlin High School and Manhattan College.  He knows that he is prohibited from receiving Communion because of his marital status.

There’s more:  Giuliani also knows his pro-abortion, pro-partial birth abortion, pro-funding of abortion stands separates him from the Roman Catholic Church.

Four years ago, Pope Benedict made the Church’s position crystal clear in the document he authored “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion – General Principles.”  In that statement, then Cardinal Ratzinger succinctly described the obligations of lay Catholics and the “ministers of Holy Communion.”  Ratzinger described numerous situations when a priest would have no alternative but to deny communion, and he directed priests to meet privately with any Catholic who publicly supports abortion and euthanasia laws, and to offer instruction in Church teaching.  The pastor’s job is to inform the public servant “that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.”  Ratzinger also explained that a priest who denies communion is not judging the condition of the individual’s soul and “is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.”

The final question:  Why was Giuliani even invited to St. Patrick’s?  After all, the Pope’s Mass was specifically celebrated for the Catholic clergy and religious of the region – not politicians.

The answer:  Got me.

Tax reform’s your big chance, Suozzi

April 15, 2008

This article I wrote appears in Newsday today, April 15, 2008.

Manhattan Congestion Pricing: The Elitist Tax – By George J. Marlin

April 6, 2008

New York City’s economic elites enthusiastically support Mayor Bloomberg’s traffic congestion tax.  Why?  It will keep the “riff raff” out of their fashionable Manhattan neighborhoods.  Who are New York’s “riff raff”?  Outer Boro working stiffs who must use motorized vehicles to make their living.

This latest social engineering scheme of Manhattan’s “favored few” will go down because of the tax revolt brewing among New York’s “riff raff.”  The evidence: the recent City Council vote on the congestion pricing home rule message.

Twenty members from Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island (18 Democrats/2 Republicans) voted against the measure.  Political wags were shocked that 40 percent of the council’s membership stood up against the Mayor and Speaker Quinn.  In fact, the vote on the resolution was the most closely contested in decades.

Further proof:  Proponents are having trouble mustering enough votes from Albany’s overwhelming Democratic Assembly majority to pass the congestion tax.

The only organization with the guts to publicly oppose the pricing plan is the Conservative Party of New York.  Mike Long, the state chairman, denounced Mayor Bloomberg’s “righteous program” and reminded legislators that “now is not the time to force those who must travel to Manhattan, below 60th Street, to be burdened with an additional tax when all other aspects in our daily lives are reeling with additional costs…. Congestion pricing, congestion mitigation, whatever legislators chose to call it … New Yorkers who will be forced to pay it, know it is simply another money grab that will not be able to produce enough to pay for what it promises, thereby forcing government to take even more money from us in the future.”

Chairman Long’s position is the correct one.  And any Conservative Party endorsed state legislator who opposes it and sides with Manhattan elites, should be denied the party’s nomination in the November 2008 election.