Ex-headmaster says politics, not performance, behind firing by Pa. diocese over resume, past

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By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former headmaster of a Pennsylvania Catholic school says he was fired for politics, not performance, after officials found he'd been dismissed from another Catholic school because of his racist writings.

Mario Bella told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie had no interest in his side of the story. He says church officials cared only about his personal politics after they found he had legally changed his name from Frank Borzellieri and omitted his firing by the Archdiocese of New York in 2011.

He says his job evaluations were pristine and his personal politics are behind his dismissal last week from DuBois Area Catholic School.

Borzellieri made headlines while in New York for calling Martin Luther King Jr. a "hypocritical adulterer" and "a leftist hoodlum with significant Communist ties."

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