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Coppola Delivers Petition, Donohue Upset At The Stagecraft

Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of New York

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Bill Donohue of the Catholic League has issued a statement regarding the issue of Nicholas Coppola. For those who do not remember, Coppola was barred by the Diocese of Rockville Centre from continuing his activities at St. Anthony’s in Oceanside, New York. Coppola had been openly gay for some time, but the straw that broke the camel’s back apparently was that he married his longtime boyfriend.

Donohue claimed without any evidence that:

Looks like the media were snookered. Had they shown an ounce of curiosity, they would have asked Coppola to see what was in the three boxes that allegedly contained evidence of those who signed the petition. Two of the boxes were empty; the contents of the other box was so small it could easily have fit into a large envelope.

Nicholas Coppola says he amassed over 18,000 signatures. Considering that he and his homosexual allies intentionally deceived the media, his credibility is shot.

Moreover, no one is stopping Coppola from joining a religion that accepts his view of marriage. If he respected diversity, he would practice it by finding a new home. Instead, he seeks to impose his agenda on the rest of us, thus showing nothing but contempt for the rights of Catholics.

It’s too bad Catholics on Long Island did not get a chance to see what was in the three boxes. It would have been a great optic.

What Donohue seems to, well, kind of ignore is that this is a bit of a problem for the Catholic Church, and for him. To begin with, the media is quite aware of the stagecraft involved. Unfortunately for Donohue, it also does not matter. The problem here is that a printed out petition from an online source would be very small compared to the hand gathered petition. A hand gathered petition requires quite a lot of space because of the size of the average signature and the information necessary on them.

A printed out petition from an online source is, typically, a lot smaller, but the stagecraft usually involves making it as large as a hand gathered petition.

18,000 signatures is pretty nice, overall.

Donohue doesn’t make mention of how Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called for the Church to be more gay friendly and how the Bishop of Rockville Centre broke that pretty quickly.

Perhaps the only thing that Donohue gets right is that no one is stopping Coppola from going to another church; however, if he keeps up with that attitude, there won’t be any seats in the pews pretty soon.



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2 Responses to Coppola Delivers Petition, Donohue Upset At The Stagecraft

  1. randy

    April 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Dear Nicholas:

    I recently rejoined a denomination I’d left after coming out of the closet. After ten months of simply being with the parish but not taking on any responsibilities or ministry, someone outed me to the Nominating Committee, the group that helps choose officers and volunteers for the next two years.

    The response by the three main church leaders and new pastor was to tell me I could be a member but not teach or lead in any way. I held a special conversation with those leaders and new pastor, but sensed their unwillingness to change their minds or to listen to my side of the story.

    Thank you for your courage in taking on the Catholic church and your local leadership. No one has walked in your shoes…or mine.

    I will pray that something changes for you in the positive, for all God’s children are called to minister for Him….NMW (No Matter What)!!!



    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      April 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Randy- for your safety, I’ve removed your email address. I hope you understand.