Controversy Swirls Around Bronx Catholic School Principal Accused Of Having Racist Views

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Catholic school principal is the focus of controversy in the Bronx after a published report revealed his writings and views were tied to white supremacy.

Frank Borzellieri was hired as the principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in 2009 by Rev. Eric Rapaglia. The two had previously worked together at St. Barnabas.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Parishioners Confused And Outraged

In 2004, Borzellieri authored a book called “Don’t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies.”

Borzellieri wrote “diversity is a weakness” and claims increasing black and Hispanic populations in the United States will lead to what he calls a “new dark age.”

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

“It offends me. I’m Puerto Rican and my children are half black — It offends me,” parishioner Ann Joseph told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

As a school board member in District 24 from 1993 to 2002, Borzellieri reportedly tried to ban literature he called “anti-American” which included a biography on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and fire an openly gay teacher.

“Honestly, I don’t know how he managed to slip through the cracks,” Carol Ann Joseph said.

“It’s ridiculous, I can’t understand why the church would allow this,” a parishioner said.

A day after the report was published, churchgoer Juan Varela, of Queens, was arrested after interrupting mass Sunday at the church to call for Borzellieri’s ouster.

Varela was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a weapon because he was carrying a knife.

Spokesman for the Archdiocese, Joe Zwilling, said there have been no complaints about Borzellieri during his two-year tenure at the school.

“The superintendent of schools office has been reviewing his books and discussing the matter with him and the pastor of the parish that hired him.  The process is still ongoing,” Zwilling said.

Borzellieri could not be reached for comment.

The Archdiocese, which says Mount Carmel is known for its diversity, will now have to decide what the principal’s beliefs are regarding diversity and whether they conflict with church teaching.

Do you think the principal should be fired? Let us know below…

  • SSS

    So, an Hispanic parishoner disrupts Mass and has a weapon….now where in the world is this Principal getting his ideas???? Anybody have a clue???

  • Mike

    Did he at any place in his books assert that black or Hispanic students be discriminated against? If not, he’s not a racist and should be allowed to continue. The more controversial beliefs about race relations and modern culture are painful to hear, but only because they are true. We will never improve anyone’s condition until we face these truths, and part of that truth is not that any people are inferior, but some cultures and subcultures are inferior and cannot be treated as the peers of the mainstream Western culture that has made America a land of justice, of progress, and of plenty.

  • AnalogMan

    Oh, my, racist views! Probably believes all kinds of heresies; the earth revolves around the sun! Water is wet! Burn him at the stake!

  • crusader88

    No. He is a fine educator, and should be retained. He is the only principal brave enough to speak the truth. The slanders on him are completely fabricated; notice how they couldn’t find any damning quotes from his five books.

  • Virginia Piccininni

    KEEP this Principal.
    He is a God Send!

  • v. Kind

    We have built and are building a tower of Babel.
    It will not work.

  • RichieT

    The 1st; amendment;
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    “abridge” is an archaic word for limit
    The Declaration of Independence,
    We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created
    equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent
    & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends,
    it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles & organizing its powers
    in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety & happiness”
    Every person has the right to their personal opinions, and beliefs.
    Allowing them to limit the teaching of ANY part of history, because of those beliefs, is not. .

  • Mike Malone

    I read the article and the quoted comments are disturbing. But I can’t see the context in which these comments were made. Too often people are quoted out of context and condemned. I’m going to hold my water until the investigation is complete and I suggest you do the same.

  • DisturbedMary

    Interesting tidbit: how this principal while on a school board called for the firing of an openly gay teacher…

    Mmmmm, Is Juan Varela on a witchhunt? What do we know about him? He’s not from the neighborhood or the parish. He’s from Queens. What or who brought him to target this man? Varela claims to be catholic but no good catholic man would sacriligiously interrupt and disrupts the holy sacrifice of the Mass. And apart from whether you like what the principal says, our constitution protects free speech even when Juan Varela doesn’t like it.

  • TomNJ

    And a guy named “Juan” was arrested in the church carrying a knife. Sort of proves his point. lol

    • SSS


  • mydogoreo

    We should not jump to conclusions. Everyone deserves a fair hearing.

  • mydogoreo

    We really don’t know enough about this story to come to conclusions. As with most cases like this in the news, we are given tantalizing bits of information, and then asked to make snap judgments. Let’s find out more. Everyone deserves a hearing.

  • shepard4all

    Have any of you entered a criminal court in NYC and
    observed the number of latinos and blacks involved with the criminal justice system? statistics don’t lie we have a problem?

  • Frank does a good job

    Frank Borzellieri does a great job in his capacity. No complaints about his job
    performance. This sounds like a thought police inspired witch hunt.
    Anti White bias is rampant and any White who is proud of their heritage
    and wants to preserve White culture is hit with stupid white guilt.
    Not the same for any other race, because is it applauded.

    • mollyd

      Um, he holds anti-Christian views. Duh. That is grounds for firing him. Yuck. Who would want to send their children to that school?

    • Jack Myoff

      Are you on drugs?

  • minororities N immigrunts

    “How can an EYE-talian be racist?… Clearly, this is religulist!”

    • mollyd

      With a name like that, his grandparents probably came here from Italy……how would he feel if his opinions prevailed back then? What a moron. He needs to go back to school, not run one!!!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    What about Rev Wright and his teachings to Obama that is the true dark age..

    • Jack Myoff

      Yes – Reverend Wright is also an IDIOT (but the article is about a different idiot).

      While Mydogoreo (or whatever your name is, above) makes a good point about not jumping to conclusions, this looks like another example of the LONG LINE OF STUPIDITY FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. First rapists, and now racists?

      • Mike Malone

        Clever turn of words but dumb. Rapists…….it’s clear you know from nada what’s happening in the Catholic Church. Have a good time whipping out false but clever statements.

      • Jack Myoff

        Mike Malone – get your head from out of your a**.

        Or maybe you can waste your drivel on the people, who were abused by priests when they were children. Wow – amazing – what has even been done about that?

        Or maybe you believe that there has NEVER been child abuse in the Catholic Church – that makes YOU (Mike Malone) either blind or an idiot.

    • RichieT

      Is he the Principal of a school?

  • floyd

    slavery was pope martin’s baby they got rich off of black slaves and killing anyone who would not kiss their feet

  • smithwinston


  • Jose


    • IgnoranteElephante

      Fire him?? Shoot the bas**rd!!!

      • TomNJ

        Yes, death to all who do not feel like you. We will have a fair and open society after we kill off anyone who is not like us. – you idiot.

      • Mike Malone

        You have an appropriate name.

  • Thomas Jackson

    This man is entitled to his opinions. What matters is whether he is doing his job. I hope the church is not stampeded into firing a man of whom there has not been one single complaint.

    • IKHee

      Whatever his “opinions,” the Church should be “stampeded” into firing a man whose beliefs are out of line with Christianity. NOWHERE in the Bible are his views supported. He should teach for the Church of Satan; he’d get no complaints over there.

      • Michael H.

        Actually, the Church of Satan wouldn’t want him either. They have quite high standards, believe it or not.

      • Study To Show Yourself Approved

        Roman Catholicism is NOT Christianity, it is a pagan religion instituted by the emperor Constantine to assuage the pagan hordes surrounding the Roman empire. Roman Catholicism is a conglomeration of all the old mystic religions, with a little Christianity thrown in. That is why Roman Catholicism has all these strange rituals. Please read and study a King James Bible (only because it is keyed to Strong’s exhaustive concordance, along with other research materials. It makes it easier to study). You will see that GOD hates man made religion, and requires obedience above anything else.

    • Mike Malone

      If the current investigation supports the contention that this man has racist views he should be dismissed. IKHee is right. If he is a racist his views are inconsistent with the Catholic Church and he should not be in a teaching position.

  • vy

    Just another example of how the catholic church has been totally bankrupt as a so called leading morality promoting institution.
    Their morality is do as I say, not as I do.
    Their tax exemption should be challenged by the state and federal attoreys general for using the power of the church to influence public policy on a host of issues from marriage equality to an expansion of casino type gambling in NY state (more money leaves NY to go to gambling establishments in other states than for any other reason except federal taxes) to other issues before the state and federal legislatures.

    • phyllis

      This is just the latest example of prejudice the Catholic Church has displayed. Take a good look at history. Look at the Indigenous peoples of Continents and Countries where the church has visited. Pedophilia is not the only thing that is in the closet when it comes to the Catholic Church. This man teaches to a population that he believes is dragging our country down, he has the right to feel that way, but in no way should he be in charge of that population. The Pastor of this School needs to go in for some much needed therapy, because he sees nothing wrong with this.

      • i love the Pope

        BooHoo keep your kids in public school.What is good about the USA is everyone can have there own beliefs YOu mention pedohiles but it is not just the catholic church how about the hasidics they just as bad if not worse they just hide it better.

    • m

      You are so right.

    • Mike Malone

      Interesting….The Catholic Church is totally bankrupt is it, remove it’s tax free status…..stop the Church from lobbying for its beliefs. What communist country do you hail from?

      I wonder would you extend the same restrictions and penalties on public unions and all other lobbyists? I doubt it. You just seem to want to restrict the voice of anyone who doesn’t agree with you.

  • Question

    Who does a Catholic School principal report to? Does anybody know? My daughter’s school principal has been neglecting her job as such. The parish has no relationship with the school. So who do we go to???

    • Mike Malone

      If the Church is not the principal’s employer then there must be a school board that you can go to. :)

  • He should not be there

    He is a Catholic School Principal. As such he should follow Catholic teachings. I know the Catholic Church is not very popular right now because of the priest’s sexual abuse towards children and recently comndemning same sex marriage. But again, as a Catholic he should not be discriminating. What would happen if he were a jewish and is elected a jewish school principal? And he is carrying a cross and praying to Jesus???? nahhhhh…..

  • 757

    why are we surprised? this is the same institution that allows children to be molested by priest with impunity, so why would this scenario be any different?

  • JohnC. Freeport, NY

    Whether we like it or not, the man has the right of free speech. I think this is another case of Political Correctness. If you take away the right of this man to exercise his “right,” then we are all at risk of losing our right of Free Speech.

    • Brother John

      Wrong! It is about Cathlic teachings and how this racist in no way embodies those teachings. Fire this racist already!

  • wake up white people

    W ar
    A ryan
    R esistance

    • phyllis

      I don’t know why I’m trying to educate you,because surely your cerebral cortex specifically your frontal lobe is not working. YOU ARE NOT NATIVE TO THIS, LAND, COUNTRY, YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT. So HOP ON A PLANE, OR BOAT BACK TO EUROPE. MY PEOPLE WERE BEFORE YOU AND WON’T MISS YOU .

  • crybabies

    if he was a racist black panther preaching death to whitey he would be applauded instead of vilified

    • Eric Fürst


    • A. Kelby

      No. Don’t be stupid. People are upset because he’s racist and teaching children, which people should naturally get miffed about. Would YOU want this man in a position where he could easily imprint his ideals onto your kids? Worse yet, would you want him to be in a position of authority over black and latin American children?

      • Claude

        Well said. The First Amendment may protect his right to speak and write as he wishes, but it doesn’t mean he should be allowed to work in this capacity.

    • IKHee

      Really? on what planet would that be?

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