St Patrick’s Holds Reparation Mass After ‘Scandalous Behavior’ During Service For Trans Icon

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 file photo shows worshipers inside the newly renovated St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. At $175 million, the restoration was the most extensive since the 1940s. A three-year restoration project at the cathedral is coming to an end, just in time for a late September visit from Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City held a rare Mass of Reparation on Saturday after the N.Y. Archdiocese said mourners at a funeral service last week for trans icon Cecilia Gentili engaged in “scandalous behavior.”

The Very Rev. Enrique Salvo, St. Patrick’s pastor, said Cardinal Dolan’s request the Mass, which was to pray for forgiveness for what some Catholics considered a desecration of the historic Midtown Manhattan church.

The archdiocese said the church took issue with the actions of the mourners, not  Gentili’s sexual identity.

They also reportedly jokingly identified Gentili as a “saint” and changed the lyrics to some Catholic songs to honor the LGBTQ advocate.

“Thanks to so many who have let us know they share our outrage over the scandalous behavior at a funeral here,” Salvo said. “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. That such a scandal occurred at ‘America’s Parish Church’ makes it worse.”