I suspect that some of you clicked on the link when you saw the headline because you want to read my predictable rant about the “gay” thing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York and the local archbishop’s involvement in the same.
I suspect you know what I would say, were I to rant, so let’s let it go at that.
However, there is something to say about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As a matter of fact a very smart guy, Msgr. Charles Pope, who is pastor of a couple parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, said it well on his blog. He tackled the issue of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. Alas, his post has been “disappeared”. So, you can’t read it at his blog.
However, someone preserved its text HERE, if you are interested in everything that he wrote.
This, however, is the section I want to underscore. Thus, Msgr. Pope:
Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?]
In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached. [Can anyone doubt that what occurs on the Feast of Patrick is entirely antithetical to what the feast stands for?]
It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.
And as for St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to stop wearin’ the green and instead take up the purple of Lent and mean it. Enough of the celebration of stupidity, frivolity, and drunkenness that St Paddy’s day has become. We need penance now, not foolishness. We don’t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We’re being played for (and are?) fools.
End the St Patrick’s parade. End the Al Smith Dinner and all other such compromised events. Enough now, back to Church! Wear the purple of Lent and if there is going to be a procession, let it be Eucharistic and penitential for the sins of this age.
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
I think Msgr. Pope hit this one squarely on the head.