Yesterday, a group of LGBT Catholics and their allies stood in a “Dirty Hands Vigil” outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to protest a discriminatory statement released by Archbishop of New York City Timothy Dolan. Late last month, Dolan welcomed the LGBT community to the church in a blog post, so long as they “washed their hands” of sin beforehand.
The group, organized by HuffPo blogger Joseph Amodeo, stood in silent protest on the sidewalk in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral with open palms covered in ash.
Shortly after, the NYPD showed up to keep these obviously unruly silent protestors calm, and notified the group that if they entered the Cathedral with dirty hands, they would be arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.
So much for separation of church and state!
None of the protestors entered the Cathedral, but Dolan hasn’t heard the last of Amodeo just yet. “I hope that the doors of the Cathedral will be opened to us not on a conditional basis,” he said, “but rather with the understanding that we are all created in the image and likeness of God.”