Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 16, 2020 / 15:00 pm
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn warned on Friday that New York's most recent coronavirus measures were "not reasonable." Speaking one day after his diocese argued in court against new state restrictions on religious assembly, the bishop said religion was being treated as a second class part of society.
"We are relegated to the sidelines, religion," DiMarzio of Brooklyn told CNA on Oct. 16. "'Religion is the problem of society,' the way people think today."
"In the past, you would think the non-profit sector, religion, was a pillar of the society along with the business community and with the government. This was what held society together. Now, that kind of a thesis of how society works is long since gone, unfortunately," he said.
Bishop DiMarzio spoke with CNA after the diocese had a hearing in federal court on Thursday in its case against New York's new public health restrictions.