NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Archdiocese of New York has hired a former Fordham University professor to replace a principal of a Bronx elementary school who was fired for writings it deemed racist.

John Riley has replaced Frank Borzellieri at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.

A recent parish newslettter said Riley’s application was carefully vetted through the archdiocese’s Department of Education.

“He understands the situation that he is inheriting but Our Lady of Mount Carmel has an excellent reputation as an academic institution, there have never been any problems there with the administration of the school,” Joseph Zwilling, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York, told 1010 WINS.

Last year, Riley served as chairman of the Department of Modern Languages at the Harvey School in Katonah in Westchester.

He was previously a Spanish professor and the associate chairman of Fordham’s modern languages department.

Borzellieri was fired after the archdiocese found that he espoused white supremacist views that were at odds with the church’s mission and values.

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