A New York pastor is drawing lower than flattering consideration to the Catholic church as soon as once more, however not for molesting youngsters this time. No, this time it’s for selling the suicide of these standing in opposition to President Donald Trump.
Rev. Philip Pizzo oversees St. Benedict Joseph Labre Roman Catholic Church, within the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, NY, the place he’s, mockingly, pastor to a largely immigrant gathering of parishioners. Just a few hours after Sunday Mass, Pizzo posted a meme on social media, stating:
“Present your hate for Trump. Do it for social justice. #JumpAgainstTrump.”
Pictured within the meme is the picture of a person falling from a skyscraper—a chilling reference contemplating a lot of the nation possible nonetheless has the pictures of individuals leaping from the Twin Towers on Sept. 11 burned into their reminiscences, particularly New Yorkers.
That is from the identical holy determine who posted an image of former President Obama, together with the road, “He’s not my president,” in addition to a picture of Hillary Clinton accompanied with the captions written in Italian, “Ugly Face,” and “Pleased Halloween.”
When confronted by The New York Publish over the matter, the sixty seven-yr-previous Catholic priest claimed he merely discovered the “Bounce Towards Trump” meme “humorous,” including:
“I don’t promote suicide. I’ve helped many individuals through the years, and it doesn’t promote suicide. It was humorous.”
Lots of Pizzo’s parishioners don’t agree, nevertheless. One congregant, Carlos Coburn, for instance, “who as soon as sought counseling from Pizzo as a result of he was scuffling with ideas about killing himself,” stated:
“Suicide just isn’t humorous, plain and easy.”
Because of Pizzo’s submit, Coburn stated he’ll now be in search of one other church through which to reward, regardless of having made St. Benedict his residence of worship for the final 20 years.
“It’s disturbing for somebody in my state of affairs. I do know this man, he baptized me, and I don’t need to return to his church.”
One other member of Pizzo’s church stated the pastor “usually posts about supporting Trump, however this was taking it too far.”
Alex Leston left Pizzo’s church three years in the past after the pastor defunded a youth program Leston had been organizing, however stated he, additionally, was “appalled” by Pizzo’s submit. Leston stated Pizzo’s views are particularly regarding given the truth that a lot of that space is dominated by Hispanic immigrants. He believes the pastor’s posts solely serve to point out how out of contact he’s together with his flock. Leston stated:
“The parish he’s purported to be serving is especially Latin American and Caribbean. It’s not an excellent search for him.”
In line with the Diocese of Brooklyn, Pizzo’s social media posts don’t mirror the views of the church. Spokesperson for the diocese, Vito Formica, stated:
“Father Pizzo did share the meme in query on his private Fb web page. He says he meant it as satire solely,…