If Dolan had any hand in this…

I’d take all details in this story with a grain of salt–it uses a lot of anonymous sources, and is published in the nation’s most respected tabloid, the NY Post–but it paints a horrifying picture nonetheless:

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio threatened state lawmakers by vowing to close churches in their districts — and blame them for the closures — if they dared support a bill making it easier for people who were sexually assaulted as kids to sue.

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio threatened state lawmakers by vowing to close churches in their districts — and blame them for the closures — if they dared support a bill making it easier for people who were sexually assaulted as kids to sue, legislators told The Post.

They said the dark warning came during a “legislative breakfast” at DiMarzio’s Brooklyn residence, as he told the gathering of about 20 state and city politicians that he would retaliate against Albany lawmakers if they backed the Child Victims Act.

The controversial bill — which could be heading for an Assembly floor debate as soon as June 8 — seeks to extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits involving the rape or molesting of youngsters. It could cost the Church hundreds of millions in payouts to victimized parishioners.

Two lawmakers said the bishop brazenly bullied them during the coffee-and-doughnuts gathering at his stately brick residence in Clinton Hill on Oct. 21.

“He said, ‘If it passes, we will close a parish in each of your districts and we will tell your constituents that it was your fault,’ ” said one Assembly member who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

I’m more comfortable imagining the word “allegedly” sprinkled throughout that piece, but…wow.

However, there can be no doubt that Bill Donahure remains an ass. I considered mocking up a tentative list of commentators with  such useless opinions they weren’t worth talking about in this space–it included Donahue, Anne Coulter, Michael Moore, Sean Hannity, and Ariana Huffington–but then the man to inspire The List lurched out nowhere to become the de facto head of the Republican Party. And now Donahue topped himself again.

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