Man Booted From Mass Over Outburst


NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A parishioner who interrupted a mass to criticize the hiring of a Catholic school principal was charged with disorderly conduct, New York officials said.

Police were called to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fordham Sunday after Juan Varela, 54, of Brooklyn, interrupted the mass to criticize the hiring of a principal he claimed is a racist, the New York Daily News reported.

“I wanted them to feel my sense of outrage that he was brought into the community to teach,” Varela said later.

Varela was ejected from the service and police picked him up a couple blocks away from the church, charging him with disorderly conduct and possession of a weapon, a knife.

Varela said he is mad the church hired Frank Borzellieri to principal the parish school.

“This church hired a racist. This church does not like Hispanics and blacks,” a police source quoted Varela as saying.

The newspaper said Borzellieri, 48, was quietly hired as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School two years ago, despite his controversial writings.

In a 2004 book entitled “Don’t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies,” Borzellieri said “diversity is a weakness” and the increasing black and Hispanic populations in the United States would lead to a “New Dark Age.”

Borzellieri has also written for the white supremacist publication “American Renaissance.”

The Post said Borzellieri was a school board member representing District 24 in Queens from 1993 to 2002, when he allegedly tried to ban books he labeled “anti-American” from school libraries. Among them was an autobiography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The report didn’t include a comment from Borzellieri.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.