Mayor Bill de Blasio, of New York City, will skip next Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, because the organizers will not allow Gays and Lesbians to march openly.  Marty Walsh, the Mayor of Boston, will also skip the annual parade in Boston for the same reason; however, he is trying to mediate a settlement, which all parties can be comfortable with.

In New York, it appears that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, is considered to be The Parade Authority. You might recall that, when Pope Francis I, during a return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, was asked about the homosexual lifestyle, he responded: “Who am I to judge?”  The Vatican did quickly reaffirmed that it was not changing its stance with regard to Same Sex Marriages.  But, if Francis is willing to, at least, “live and let live”, why can’t Cardinal Dolan? Does he envision himself in the role of St. Peter, as the Gatekeeper to the Pearly Gates?

Perhaps Cardinal Dolan believer that the St. “Paddy’s” Day Parade is a Catholic Event.  Every year, the Grand Marshall seems to check with the Archbishop for approval as to who may march.  There seem to be differences of opinion as to who organized the first parade in New York–British Protestant Soldiers, the Free-Scot Society (believe it or not) or Irish Catholics from what is now the Republic of Ireland (established in 1922).  So who, if anyone, really “owns” the Parade?

Maureen Dowd, a Columnist for the NY Times, who is Catholic and Irish, wrote the linked piece, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/opinion/dowd-parade-marches-backward.html?_r=0.   Ms. Dowd believes that the LGBT Community ought to stop fighting it so hard; because,they  surely have better–More Fun–things to do.

Back to my question, however, does anyone or any Group really need to own–think Control–the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Virtually every New York Mayor–whether they were Catholic, Protestant or Jew–has walked in the Parade.  Route. Marchers have also come from all walks of life, even homosexuals (although not openly).   So, what’s with the holiday bigotry?   Isn’t it better to raise everyone up, rather than to put some other group down?

Can’t we all be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, Italian on Columbus Day, Polish on Pulaski Day, etc?  Yes, last celebrated in New York, on October 6, 2013, it celebrates the contribution of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish Military Officer, who fought (and died) with the Revolutionary Army, against the British.  Isn’t that what we truly need: a time for people to come together, rejoice in our common values and friendship…and Party?  


  1. #1 by chestercat1 on March 10, 2014 - 4:35 PM

    Not being a Catholic, I have a question that may seem sarcastic, but I’m serious about it. Cardinal Dolan and his church have a “boss” (God, of course), and the Pope is supposed to be God’s representative on earth. Isn’t Dolan playing a bit fast and loose with the rules here?

  2. #2 by chestercat1 on March 10, 2014 - 4:46 PM

    Okay, I couldn’t totally leave the snark out. Do we have any idea if St. Patrick or Casimir Pulaski were gay? Many were in those times, and during some periods it was a sin, while in others it was tolerated. As for many celebrating others’ holidays and parades, I celebrate Christmas and go to our local parade. Who cares? I’ve never been told that as a Jew I can’t, so why should being gay be any different?

    • #3 by cheekos on March 11, 2014 - 4:52 AM

      Well, Cat1, keep in mind that Jesus supposedly hung around with a close-knit Group of Men and, other than his Mother Mary, the only Woman that he let into his Group was Mary Magdelene, a former Prostitute. So, maybe that’s where Pope Francis I got the idea that he should not be judgmental.

      Cardinal Dolan just seems to not understand the difference between everyday common courtesy and the Church’s views on Faith and Morals. If Francis is willing to let Gays and Lesbians come to Mass, why can’t they walk in “Timothy’s Parade”?

    • #4 by cheekos on March 11, 2014 - 5:00 AM

      Cat1, I’ve never heard anything about that; however, people were not as obsessed about such things as Homosexuals, Illegal Immigrants or Environmentalists in those days. Also, as the one Irishman–actually from ireland–O’Dowd I believe, everyone marches in Dublin and no one cares. Supposedly, public consumption of Alcoholic Beverages is also banned on Parade Day; but, you know that an Irishman cannot celebrate without a pint or two, or three………

    • #5 by cheekos on March 13, 2014 - 3:17 PM

      Just remember that “Whatever happened in Judea, stays in Judea.”

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