The following was forwarded to me through the diocesan Secretariat for Communications, and was written by a priest who is pastor of a neighboring parish and its mission.
Please ask ALL parishioners, clergy and faithful of the diocese to boycott the NEW YORK TIMES, i.e., cancel their subscription and refuse to buy the paper, in response to their heinous decision to attack our Catholic faith. The epitome of hypocrisy, the NY Times rightfully showed prudence, respect and restraint in not printing the Danish cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad which is extremely offensive to any Islamic believer. At the same time, in the same paper and same article, the Times reprinted an image of Chris Ofili's “Holy Virgin Mary” (Arts Section, 2-08-06) which depicts the BVM in elephant dung. This filth was on display at the Brooklyn Art Museum and a few years ago (4-21-01), I attended a protest sponsored by TFP (Tradition, Family & Property) asking that such offensive things not be displayed. A couple hundred people peacefully demonstrated against such obscenities including a picture of a Crucifix immersed in a jar of urine. The Times had no problem in defending such atrocities then and now prints a copy of the elephant dung Virgin Mary while at the same time refuses to print a cartoon offensive to Muslims.
Catholics need to get up and speak out or be guilty of the sin of omission. Complain, write letters, join protests and boycott the NY Times until they apologize. Otherwise, the attack on our faith will continue and get worse. Perhaps the Blessed Sacrament will be next? And other Christians and Jews should be wary since their religions are not off bounds, only Islam, it appears.
I implore my brother pastors, priests, deacons, and faithful to say “enough is enough.” Toleration of such sacrilege is not diplomatic, it is cowardly and irresponsible. We must peacefully but steadfastly express our outrage or suffer the consequences of becoming completely irrelevant and incredible.
Father John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Marysville
Saint Bernadette, Duncannon