Statement on the September 11th Protest

On the eve of the ninth anniversary of September 11th, I’d like to share with you the statement I released to the news media today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2010


In response to reports of planned protests for the anniversary of September 11th, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan issued the following statement:

“September 11th has become a holy day in our community and our nation, as we pause to remember with reverence and prayer those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the families and friends who still grieve for them.  This seems to me to be a fitting way for us to not only remember those who died, but to honor their memory as well.

The news reports that various groups and individuals are planning protests to mark this year’s 9/11 anniversary are worrisome.  We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division.  Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect.

It is my hope that September 11th will be a day when we resolve to continue working on those issues which divide us, and lay the foundation for a new and deeper understanding among us all.”



5 Responses to “Statement on the September 11th Protest”

  1. Irene says:

    I read that Pamela Geller, one of the leaders of the anti-mosque protest, supports a number of extremist causes, including a White Supremacist South African group.

    I think that in itself tells us enough about the mosque protest.

    As I have been listening to some of the most vocal critics, while the conversation often starts out with reasonable concerns about the mosque, as the conversation expands it often reveals all kinds of bigotry and prejudice.

    I really appreciate the Archbishop and the rest of our Catholic leadership speaking out against this Islamophobia. I think it is important that we strongly and publicly condemn this intolerance; to do anything less will put us on the wrong side of history.

  2. Mary says:

    How does an ordinary Catholic work on “those issues which divide us?” When they call us racists and bigots and threaten persecution, how do we accomplish “a new and deeper understanding” of each other. Archbishop, we are ordinary people living in extraordinary times. We are the crowds that followed Jesus that he felt pity for. Few of us are theologians, politicians, diplomats or priests. We are living in a modern version of Bible times with electronics. There are golden calfs, pretend Messiahs and godless leadership. There is danger, fear and urgency and it gets worse every day. We are caught in a world rushing headlong into only-God-knows-what. I don’t know if you are old enough to remember a “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy is supposed to take chocolates off a conveyor belt. When it starts to go faster and faster, she is stuffing the chocolates into her mouth, down her dress, into her pockets, anywhere to try to keep up. It’s hilarious. I wish our world were a barrel of laughs. But as it gets increasingly dangerous and menacing, tell us what to do. We need to know.

  3. Irene says:

    The other things that puzzles me is, if the opposition is based mainly on the mosque’s location, that is, if people would be okay with the mosque , but just not in that particular place, it’s hard to find a legitimate reason on which to base that position. I’ve heard the claim that it would upset some families of victims. Okay, but why? Do those families somehow feel that all muslims everywhere share some collective guilt for 9/11? While sympathetic to the families, I don’t really see how we can concede to that kind of thinking.

    Also, I can’t think of an instance, in our own history or elsewhere, where religious discrimination turned out to be justified, no matter how much sense it might have made at the time.

  4. Clau says:

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    With all the conflict about the mosque near Ground Zero, I was wondering if you or your assignee could bless with holy water the building where the mosque is planned and the street in front of it. Let God’s will be done in that area.

    God bless you,


  5. Katherine says:

    Catholic New Yorkers have also suffered from intolerance and persecution as our Muslim neighbors are now experiencing. Bigots didn’t want us to build churches, convents and social institutions because it offended them.