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Sam Pollak

March 22, 2014

A minority group that's getting out of hand


“If my choice of words was inappropriate — and they well may have been that — I extend my profound apologies to anyone and everyone who I may have offended,” he said in a statement without reneging on his basic premise.

Langone, you might remember, is the guy who made a not-so-veiled threat in January to Pope Francis. In essence, Langone said that unless the pope stops scolding the rich about the plight of the poor, it will make the rich people very unhappy.

So unhappy that they just might change their minds about helping to finance the $180 million renovation of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Call me naïve, but I kinda think that when you feel your bank account entitles you to blackmail the pope, your hat might be getting just a tad too snug.

And I’d be very surprised if that is a minority opinion.

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at




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