QUEENS — A Catholic priest who oversees a Richmond Hill parish triggered outrage amongst his parishioners after sharing a publish on his Fb web page encouraging anti-Trump protesters to commit suicide.
The meme shared by Rev. Philip Pizzo of St. Benedict Joseph Labre Roman Catholic Church, situated on 118th Road close to Atlantic Avenue, depicted a person plummeting from a skyscraper with the phrases “Present your hate for Trump. Do it for social justice. #JumpAgainstTrump,” the New York Publish first reported.
The meme, which was posted final Sunday following large anti-Trump protests, has been since eliminated, together with different posts from the priest’s private Fb web page.
Pizzo additionally beforehand posted a photograph of President Barack Obama with the phrases: “He’s not my president” and an image of Hillary Clinton titled “Ugly Face” in Italian with the caption “Glad Halloween,” in accordance with the Publish.
He informed the paper on Monday that he thought the meme was “humorous.”
“I don’t promote suicide,” he stated. “I’ve helped many individuals through the years, and it doesn’t promote suicide. It was humorous.”
Pizzo didn’t instantly return a telephone name in search of remark Tuesday morning, however he issued an apology later that day.
“I apologize for the harm that I’ve prompted over a Fb submit,” he stated in a press release. “I by no means meant it to get this type of response and I remorse posting it. I’ve been a priest for forty years and my aim has all the time been to convey Christ to the individuals. I’m prolife and any reference to suicide is opposite to my beliefs, subsequently, making my publish utterly inappropriate. Once more, please settle for my sincerest apology.”
The Diocese of Brooklyn reiterated that Pizzo shared the meme on his private Fb web page.
“He says he meant it as satire solely, regrets the offense it has brought on, and has deleted it,” the diocese stated in a press release. “This publish doesn’t, in any method, symbolize the view of the church.”
The meme prompted uproar amongst his parishioners and past, with many taking to Twitter to precise their outrage.
Philip J. Pizzo @fatherpizzo, catholic priest in Richmond Hills Queens thinks anti-Trump…