• Ed Thompson
    March 15, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for your ‘erudite’ apologia about the formation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parades. I have another similar theory about the beginnings of Catholic parades. The use of processions by Catholic clergy circling the Church or parish grounds may have later morphed into the idea of parading around the City; happy to proclaim their Irishness to all the world. Anyway, I want you to know we met briefly in Gettysburg, Pa. when you came to our church, St. Francis Xavier, to say Mass and enjoy the 150th Anniversary of the famous Battle. Then in April 2015, I received your lovely letter thanking me for giving the Archdiocese Archives nearly 100 recorded interviews of many priests, bishops and other religious which now reside in your archival collection. Due to some ill health, I haven’t made it back to my native NYC and the collections at Dunwoodie. But I’ll be at the Parade in Spirit this year. I wish you the best of health, Cardinal Dolan.

  • Patricia Kennedy
    March 15, 2016 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for this wonderful posting regarding the St Patrick’s Day parade.
    I am a member of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George and was in New York for the visit of TRH Prince Carlos and Princess Camilla of the Two Sicilies. We all missed you at the Solemn Mass and reception.
    I hope this finds you in good health and we have the pleasure of your company in the near future.

    Happy St Patrick’s Day!!
    Patricia Kennedy

  • Jack O’Brien
    March 15, 2016 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan,
    Your Eminence,
    Thank You for sending “Honoring Saint Patrick” article it is so eloquently said and joy to read.
    As well its message is much needed at this time in the Parade’s history.
    I hope to one day share St. Patrick’s Day Morning Mass at the Cathedral with you.
    Thank You,
    John O’Brien
    Family Life Ministry Coordinator
    Holy Family Parish, DRVC, Hicksville NY

  • Rosemary Murphy Irish
    March 16, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful! Thank you. Happy St Paddys Day!

  • barb
    March 16, 2016 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal for the daily Lenten inspirations. I heard you on the Catholic radio speaking about the lack of interest from Catholics. I am 82, and keeping the fast doing my best in reparation for my sins. God Bless You.

  • Coilin Owens
    March 16, 2016 Reply

    Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for this civilized and firm statement.
    With Christianity, St. Patrick brought literacy to Ireland: his Confessio was the first book written there; and the Church’s role in educating the Irish has remained to this day.
    The Irish were persecuted for their faith; not that the colonials feared for the state of their souls, but for the fruits of their properties!

  • Mary Jo Kelly
    March 16, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the History of the Celebration of the Irish on March 17th. May you feel the love and joy of our God not only tomorrow but everyday of your life. You are truly a gift to all of us in our wanderings!!! MJK

  • Shawn
    March 17, 2016 Reply

    Our Lord must be disappointed in those of us who turn our heads from sin for its convenients! We will only grow as a community when our boundaries are clear!

  • 1SmartMother
    March 17, 2016 Reply

    IT is so sad that the parade this year will have 2 out and proud “gay” groups marching but not even 1 pro-life group has been allowed to march. I would say that the Archdiocese has rolled over on this one and the secularists are winning. So, so sad.

    • Neil Miller
      March 21, 2016 Reply

      I agree. It is sad. I really don’t understand what the Cardnal is tryting to say in his comments. The parade has gone all wrong and the Catholic identity has been destroyed. The orgainzers are not even active Catholics from what I understand.

  • Daniel
    March 17, 2016 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Dolan. The secular horse has already left the barn. By allowing same-sex attracted groups while denying pro-life groups authorization to be included i the Parade, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has secularized the event and turned it into an anti-Catholic happening. I wish you would absent yourself from the event and send a message that Catholic values will not change at society’s whims.

  • Michael
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    The sad truth, Your Eminence, is that your decision to serve as Grand Marshal for last year’s Parade was seen as a betrayal by many Catholics.

    Your words, I am afraid, now have a very hollow ring.

  • Barb
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    My kids actually bought me a raffle ticket, in support of St. Joseph’s Academy auction, to win a trip to get to the mass and celebration and getting to meet you. I unfortunately didn’t win but hopeful that some day I will, it’s on my bucket list. My grandparents came over from Ireland to Newfoundland so I loved reading this story about the origins of the parades honoring St. Patrick. I had the opportunity to meet your cousin Tim at a gathering at our house last fall, hope to one day get to meet you as well. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Jim Scott
    March 18, 2016 Reply

    With respect your Eminence. I can never in conscience support the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Letting anti-Catholic gays march under their own banner was bad enough (& make no mistake these people aren’t friendly or kind to God’s True Church in even the slightest degree) but the fact that Pro-life Groups are banned from marching under their own banner in this very same parade is just wrong. I could understand an argument can be made letting gays march under their own banner might have presented an opportunity to show good will toward them & I am a 100% against showing cruelty to them but this has gotten out of control.

    To celebrate St Patrick’s day I will pray to St Paddy. I will read his Breastplate. But that is it. I will not wear green again on that day for as long as this evil double standard exists. Also it is a forgone conclusion I will not ever drink guinness beer. Last year my wife bought some & I made her take it back to the store and told her if they won’t take it then I will pour it down the lue.

    You have to do something about this your eminence. This cannot stand. Gays can march under their own banner but Prolifers cannot? How is this Catholic? I am counting on you guy. Peace and love to ya.

    Faithfully yours in Christ,

    Jim Scott

  • Tim
    March 19, 2016 Reply

    You might have noticed and commented on the fact that pro life groups are banned now from the parade. Is that “inclusiveness” ?

  • Neil Miller
    March 21, 2016 Reply

    The Irish Catholic faith has been erased from the parade. Homosexuality is a sin, which is being celebrated by allowing homosexual groups to march in the parade. Its unbelievable and very sad.

  • Rick
    March 21, 2016 Reply

    It’s too bad that what is a grand tradition and celebration has lead to disputation from different angles. I know full well the tradition of the parade that the Cardinal accurately points out. It is also well to understand that over the years the parade has come to represent not only the Roman Catholic tradition, the American Irish tradition, but the larger identity for the Diaspora and the nation of Ireland as it has changed and evolved over the generations. The parade should always honor St Patrick, and the traditions mentioned. It’s also good to remember that Patrick was neither Irish nor Roman Catholic (as we understand it). And it is important to remember that many of the people who gave their lives for Ireland 100 years ago this Easter were Irish but not Catholic.

    It’s a big tribe. And those who have their roots in Ireland should be encouraged to celebrate and honor the traditions without exclusions and without having the parade become a point of divisiveness.

    • Jim Scott
      March 25, 2016 Reply

      St Patrick was clearly Roman Catholic as it was the Church of Rome that sent missionaries to Ireland at that time. His life is dated around the end of the 5th century beginning of the 6th & thus even the Eastern Orthodox Church did not exist as a distinct entity & the then existing schismatic Oriental Orthodox Churches did not send missionaries to ancient Erin.
      The charge of “exclusions” is a red herring I’m afraid. Persons of homosexual disposition have never been excluded from the parade. They had until recently merely not been allow to march under their own banner. Technically speaking merely having a homosexual orientation and identifying yourself as one who does, is not at all a sin. Rather having unnatural erotic relations with persons the same gender as yourself is a sin. What is unconscionable with this parade is gays can march under their own banner now but Pro-Lifers cannot. That is just wrong. That is not being inclusive at all.


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