By Kevin “Coach” Collins
A few weeks ago New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (SPDC) made a cynical and politically correct decision to allow Gays to march in the parade under a banner proclaiming they are proud sodomites. No one else in the parade is allow to advertise their particular sin; there have been no demands from groups to march under a banner saying “Proud Irish burglars.” But none of this means much to the SPDC.
Those of us who have loved this parade and have fond memories of watching it and marching in it held our collective breath and waited for Cardinal Timothy Dolan the bishop of New York City’s Roman Catholic diocese to respond. Now his response is here and it is very unsatisfactory.
The Cardinal acknowledged that many of us had contacted him with our concerns. That was the last sensible thing he said. From there he takes out his hand washing bowl and absolves himself of any connection to, or responsibility for, what the SPDC does.
The Cardinal weakly argues that in spite of the Committee’s decision to allow the 253 year old parade to slip from being a Catholic Church celebration to being a secular excuse to drink green beer he sees no problem with what has happened.
He assures us that he supported the old policy of saying no to Gays wanting to march as “Gays.” Which begs the question: “So what, and?”
He talks about the Church teaching to “love the sinner and hate the sin” still being in effect. He says God loves all of us. Both of these statements are true but miss the point. In fact the Cardinal misses several points.
1) Cardinal Dolan is either sinister or naïve. Either way this is a bad thing – malus de facto.
2) It clearly hasn’t occurred to the Cardinal that helping celebrate homosexuality is in fact helping to create the near occasion of sin which is also against the Church’s teachings.
3) Gays are notorious for “losing control” of their own marchers and in several instances Gays have insisted on marching naked. In New York State the laws say women cannot be stopped from walking the streets bare breasted.
4) Perhaps the most serious mistake the Cardinal has made is to fail to recognize that he has been duped and used (at least I hope he was). He was named Grand Marshal so his presence would act as an implied threat against Catholic schools refusing to march. These schools make up a very large percentage of the groups who march. Their absence would be a black eye for him and the Committee.
Dolan’s selection is to keep them from dropping out. What pastor or school principal wants to make an enemy of the Cardinal, especially in such a public way?
5) What are the teachers and administrators of these schools supposed to say to grade school children who ask about this new group?
6) What the Committee has done and the Cardinal has chosen to be a part of will go down as the worst day in Irish American history since the Draft Riots in 1863.