There are questions about why Catholic leaders are not on Bill de Blasioâ€™s transition team, even though other religious leaders are.
Team de Blasio has yet to come up with an explanation, after being asked about the issue all day long, CBS 2â€™s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.
The mayor-elect did not receive a blessing from the Catholic Leagueâ€™s Bill Donohue. De Blasioâ€™s 60-member transition team, which was supposed to include men and women from every walk of city life, has thus far somehow left out a Catholic priest.
â€œHe has an animus against Catholicism. Itâ€™s palpable,â€ said the Catholic League Bill Donohue. â€œEvery demographic segment of our society is represented, so when you get to the area of clergy, well, Catholics are the majority of New Yorkers, over 50 percent are Catholic yet we get no representation. Two rabbis, two ministers, one imam and we get nobody.â€
But thatâ€™s not the only thing upsetting the cityâ€™s Catholics. Donohue is furious at the inclusion of people he sees as having an anti-Catholic bias â€” Brooklyn Museum of Art director Arnold Lehman, who was responsible for the controversial 1999 exhibit â€œSensation,â€ which featured a portrait of the Virgin Mary with elephant dung on it, and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, whose group donates to pro-abortion groups.
â€œHe has room for them, but not a single Catholic priest and are these the people heâ€™s going to be listening to?â€ Donohue said.
When he announced the transition team, de Blasio touted its diversity. [More]