- Apr 16, 2021
Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay of Brooklyn, the first U.S. priest to die from complications of COVID-19, was recalled as “a good and saintly priest” by his bishop during a bilingual Mass marking the first anniversary of his death.
Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said Feb. 22 a lawsuit filed against him in New Jersey Superior Court over a claim of abuse that allegedly occurred decades ago “is defamatory.”
“Angels Unawares,” a replica of the artwork that sits in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, was unveiled Dec. 8 by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and placed in front of the diocese’s public Christmas tree at Grand Army Plaza.
Is a uniform policy of limiting attendance at religious services to a certain fixed number of people a reasonable infringement on a constitutional guarantee, when the facilities in question have vastly different capacities and abilities to observe safety protocols?
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order limiting the size of a congregation for in-person services at Catholic churches and other houses of worship does not target religious gatherings on “the basis of their beliefs,” but is based on “the documented fact of their COVID-19 super-spreader potential.”
Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said Oct. 10 that a federal judge’s denial of its motion for a temporary restraining order against the state’s new COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship “is only the beginning of the case, and we expect ultimately to prevail.”