St Patrick's Parade welcomes gays, excludes 'pro-lifers'

St Patrick's Parade welcomes gays, excludes 'pro-lifers' March 18, 2016

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, centre, ended his two-year boycott of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade yesterday after organisers opened the event up to all openly LGBT marchers.
But another Bill – Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights– boycotted the event for the second year running.
He is reported by The National Catholic Register as saying:

You have a gay group in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade allowed to march, but the pro-life people are banned? The whole thing is perverse.

Donohue told the Register that he does not regret his decision to pull the Catholic League from the parade last year, after he said the parade organizers lied to him about allowing a pro-life group to march. Instead, the parade committee this year welcomed a second homosexual group, the Lavender and Green Alliance, whose leader, Brendan Fay, has been a vocal critic of the Church’s moral teachings.

That just tells me that everything is disintegrating, as I expected.

A gay participant in yesterday's parade. Photo: Getty Images
A gay participant in yesterday’s parade. Photo: Getty Images.
De Blasio took part in the parade up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for the first time since his election after organisers agreed to allow a second lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to march under its own banner.
For years organisers excluded LGBT groups from marching under banners identifying their sexual orientation, drawing fire from critics who said the policy amounted to discrimination.
Months after de Blasio was elected in 2014, he became the first mayor in more than 20 years to decline to march in the parade.
Others also declined invitations due to the gay rights dispute, which led two sponsors, Heineken and Guinness, to drop out. They returned last year after the parade invited Out@NBCUniversal, a small LGBT group and affiliate of the parade’s television sponsor.

The Mayor said:
I’ve known so many members of the LGBT community who are Irish who simply wanted to express their pride. And they wanted to know that they could do that like any other person.

De Blasio also added that, for the prior two decades, there had been:

A blemish on this city because we couldn’t be all that we were meant to be.

Boston’s parade had been involved in a similar dispute but last year opened its ranks to gay marchers.
John Lahey, the parade committee board chairman, boasted that the 255th St. Patrick’s Day Parade would be the “most inclusive” in its long history.
But Donohue said Lahey’s claim was a “lie.”

Inclusiveness only applies to the gay issue. I’m glad I’m out.

Ahead of the event, Elizabeth Rex, President and co-founder of the Children First Foundation, said faithful Catholics should consider boycotting the parade.

They’re claiming a complete victory for tolerance, but no, they are intolerant to Catholics who believe that life is sacred at the moment of conception. We really need to rise up and mobilise, just refuse to attend, refuse to participate and refuse to march. Let’s celebrate our Catholic faith by praying for our country: that we return to the laws of nature and of nature’s God.

Cardinal Dolan and Mayor Bill de Blasio at yesterday's parade. Photo: Getty Images.
Cardinal Dolan and Mayor Bill de Blasio at yesterday’s parade. Photo: Getty Images.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, wrote on his blog this week that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was established in honour of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. Given the strong secular currents in today’s society, the cardinal wrote it was important not to forget why the parade exists.

It is not just the Irish parade. We march to honour St. Patrick. That is why so many cringe at and resist pleas to weaken the Catholic origins of the parade.

The cardinal added:

While everyone is invited to march in the parade and all are welcome, no one is permitted to use it for causes that are extrinsic to its origins.

Dolan, who was criticised by some Catholics for serving as the parade’s grand marshal last year, thanked “those who love and lead the parade for assuring us” that the original intent of the parade – to celebrate the faith, heritage, culture and tradition of Ireland — is preserved.
He added:

It would be particularly somber if the forces of secularism were able to what centuries of oppressive rule were unable to do: erase the faith from Irish identity.

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  • jay

    Here cones the new boss, same as the old boss.
    If this story is true, they are practicing ideological censorship just like the Catholic church did for so long. Sad to see them sink to that level.

  • Brummie

    It would be particularly JOYOUS if the forces of secularism were able to do what centuries of oppressive rule were unable to do: erase the faith from Irish identity.

  • Bobby

    The excremental Bill Donohue was not missed … except by those hoping he would show up so they could kick the nasty shite right up the arse with a size 12 safety boot.

  • barriejohn

    So, Bill Donohue fails to put in an appearance yet again. Has it ever occurred to people that, like the legendary Max Headroom, he may not really exist? Could anyone possibly be so consumed by bitterness and hatred towards his fellow men?
    http://www.catholicleague.org/new-york-times-lies-again/

  • L.Long

    So they march to honor St Pat. Another xtian who did not do much of anything and has a fairy tale told about him, sounds biblical to me.
    I like the idea that they are marching to show the diversity of NYC and celebrate it! Donahoe wont be there ? GREAT!!!!

  • AgentCormac

    Yeah, I bet old Bill Donohue was really missed. I mean, why does he think his attendance or otherwise was even remotely of interest to anyone? Someone should point out to him that Ireland has had more than enough of his vile church and the apologist tossers like himself who try to uphold it.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    BarrieJohn: “Could anyone possibly be so consumed by bitterness and hatred towards his fellow men?
    But of course.
    Now if you take your Bible and turn to Matthew 10.34 you’ll find:
    — “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
    — “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
    — “And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
    Now turn to Luke 14.26 and read:
    — ” If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”
    Now turn back to Matthew 10.21 and read:
    — “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.”
    Now, please turn to your YouTube hymnal and participate in today’s: Two Minutes Hate

  • AgentCormac

    @CoastalMaineBird
    Nice link. That is indeed what it is all really about.

  • AgentCormac

    @Brummie
    Spot on!

  • Robster

    No doubt soon, there’ll be a Saint Teresa parade for the soon to be sainted prune like dead nun, celebrating suffering, disease and ongoing pain. Parade organisers say they’ll be serving poisoned food and beverages to enhance the suffering, not just for participants but also onlookers. A gold coin donation gets a serve of botox beer, ebola enhanced hot dogs and much more, even stale wafers and over vintaged red wine for those so inclined. What fun!

  • Cali Ron

    barriejohn: A Max Headroom reference? I love it. I bet most readers don’t know who (or should I say what?) he is.

  • barriejohn

    Cali Ron: Yeah. M-m-m-max headroom. Classic!
    PS False analogy; he had intelligence – and a sense of humour:
    http://www.catholicleague.org/bigotry-explodes-at-comedy-central/