St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City recently became the venue for the funeral of Cecilia Gentili, a transgender activist and atheist, last Thursday. The service, which drew attention for its unconventional nature, sparked a wave of controversy and led to a Mass of Reparation being celebrated.

Gentili, who passed away on February 6th at the age of 52, was celebrated in a ceremony that saw over a thousand attendees. During the event, attendees referred to Gentili as the “Mother of all wh***s” amongst cheering other profanities. Such behavior, along with prayers for gender-affirming healthcare and sex workers, led to a declaration of sacrilege against the sacred space of the cathedral.

Father Enrique Salvo, the pastor of St. Patrick’s, expressed his dismay, stating, “The Cathedral only knew that family and friends were requesting a funeral Mass for a Catholic, and had no idea our welcome and prayer would be degraded in such a sacrilegious and deceptive way.”

The church was under the impression that the service was for a Catholic individual, unaware of the specific details that would unfold.

In response to the controversy, a Mass of Reparation was held at the directive of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, aiming to sanctify the church following the contentious event.

Ending his statement to the faithful, Father Salvo reminded the faithful of the importance of “prayer, reparation, repentance, grace, and mercy” during the Lenten season.

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