Tuesday, September 11, 2012
PRIEST MARTYR of September 11
Father Mychal Judge, Franciscan Friar, Chaplain to New York Firefighters, was killed by falling debris of the World Trade Centre, as he ministered to the dying. By many he is considered a martyr, though the Catholic Church has made no movement to declare him such. After his death friends revealed that he considered himself to be gay and was a longtime member of DIGNITY, but is believed to have kept his vows. He disagreed with hardline Catholic teaching on homosexuality.
The first ICON was painted by Brother Robert Lentz and the second ICON by Father William Hart McNichols. Both artists have been censured by the Catholic Church for painting these ICONS.