“The most insignificant facts are intensified, they make sensational headlines, and that helps sell newspapers,” the Rev. Vytautas Volertas, told a Lithuanian-language newspaper on May 1.
“To put it another way, who controls the press? The Jews. Have you ever seen an article in The New York Times about a criminal rabbi? No? And you won’t see one.”
In fact, the Times, like every other major New York newspaper, last year reported the arrests of five rabbis who were indicted in a money-laundering probe in New Jersey.
Volertas, assigned to the Church of the Transfiguration in Maspeth, apologized after being chastised by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn Diocese.
DiMarzio was “appalled” by the remarks, a spokesman said.
Volertas, in a statement released by the diocese, said, “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish people for the harm that my words may have caused.
“Moreover, I beg forgiveness of the victims of clergy sexual abuse.”