Sacrilege Allegations Surround Funeral of Transgender Activist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Sacrilege Allegations Surround Funeral of Transgender Activist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

On social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Catholic Vote condemned a funeral service held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, describing it as a staged “mockery of the Christian faith” by trans activists.

The ceremony, honoring transgender advocate Cecilia Gentili, drew criticism from many who deemed it sacrilegious.

Calls for Response
Concerned individuals called for Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Archdiocese of New York to address what they saw as sacrilege.

Questions were raised about whether Cardinal Dolan would take steps similar to those taken by the Diocese of Brooklyn when a pop star’s inappropriate music video was filmed in a parish church.

Controversial Details
During the service, attended by approximately 1,000 people, many in attendance wore drag and scanty outfits.

An image of Gentili, with a halo, was placed at the foot of the altar, surrounded by Spanish words including “whore,” “transvestite,” “blessed,” and “mother,” sparking further outrage.

Trans-Activist Perspective
Trans-activist Oscar Diaz, speaking to Time, defended the service as a fitting tribute to Gentili, likening it to bestowing “sainthood” on her.

However, the event was marked by several unconventional moments, prompting questions about its appropriateness.

Unusual Moments
During the liturgy, attendees cheered, applauded, and chanted phrases like “Cecilia!” and “madre de putas” (Spanish for “mother of whores”).

The “Ave Maria” was interrupted when an attendee shouted “Ave Cecilia!” and danced down the aisle.

Lay reflections during the service compared Gentili’s advocacy to Christ’s ministry, while another described her as “this great whore, St. Cecilia, mother of all whores.”

Reaction and Background
Gentili, who had identified as an atheist, expressed a recent interest in God in a November 2023 interview, highlighting the enduring influence of religion in her life.

The service, however, has sparked intense debate and raised questions about respect for religious institutions and beliefs.

Contributors’ Background
Jonathan Liedl, a senior editor for the National Catholic Register, and Matt McDonald, a staff reporter for the same publication, have provided insights into the controversy, shedding light on the complex issues surrounding the event.

Their contributions add depth to the ongoing discussion about faith, activism, and respect for religious traditions.