blog post written by Archbishop Timothy Dolan , HuffPo's "Catholic researcher" Joseph Amodeo wrote,
" Earlier today, a group of Catholics including myself gathered on the corner of East 46th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. We gathered for a simple purpose, to dirty our hands as we prepared to attend Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. We were soiling our hands as a silent response to Cardinal Dolan's column last week in which he suggested that LGBT people were welcome in the church so long as they washed their hands."
How can anyone reading Dolan's blog post come away with the idea that Dolan actually suggested that LGBT people were welcome in the church so long as they washed their hands?
Sure, Archbishop Dolan did write "Simple enough . . . common sense . . . you are a most welcome and respected member now of our table, our household, dad was saying, but, there are a few very natural expectations this family has. Like, wash your hands!…" but he was giving an example of things that were expected from guests in his family's household back in the day when he was a child and using that example as a metaphor for people following the rules of the house.
Taking Dolan's metaphor literally, protesters gathered outside St. Patrick's Cathedral and attempted to attend Mass with filthy hands. Amodeo could not understand how the protesters could legitimately be denied Communion because of the dirt on their hands.
Did it never dawn on Amodeo and his fellow travelers that it would be a sacrilege to put the Blessed Sacrament in obviously dirty hands?
Ending his piece, Amodeo wrote, "With our clean hearts and dirty hands, we will continue to knock at the door of the Cathedral with hopes that one day, Cardinal Dolan might finally realize that we too are worthy to enter the church as children of God."
If his heart is clean as he claims, Amodeo will indeed wash his hand before presenting himself for Holy Communion.