Federal judge denies Diocese of Brooklyn's motion to block Cuomo order restricting religious gatherings

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A federal judge in Brooklyn on Friday denied the Diocese of Brooklyn's attempt to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order restricting religious gatherings in the borough's red zone.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said in a statement, "The Brooklyn Diocese is extremely disappointed by the ruling, as we believe we presented a strong case in support of our right to worship. It is a shame our parishioners in the red zones cannot return to Mass when the judge acknowledged we have done everything right.”

He continued, "It is unfortunate the court has ruled against us, and we will abide by these restrictions, the churches in the red zones are closed until further noticed. The Mass attendance limits of 10 people are extremely difficult to implement because we never want to turn away worshippers. It is unfortunate that our inalienable constitutional right to worship is still impeded despite the efforts we have made."