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Saint of 9/11: Remembering NY Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge, Gay Catholic Priest Killed at WTC

 
 
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 Hundreds of people marched the streets of New York City Sunday to honor the memory of Fr. Mychal Judge, the first recorded victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. Judge, a New York City Fire Department chaplain, was 68 years old when he was killed while giving last rites to a firefighter at the scene. He was a larger than life figure, with admirers and friends across the political and social spectrum, and whose life is commemorated in the acclaimed documentary, “Saint of 9/11.” The film is notable for its effort to portray a half-hidden secret about the priest: he was gay. In his private diaries, the revered Catholic priest wrote of how, "I thought of my gay self and how the people I meet never get to know me fully." We speak with Brendan Fay, longtime gay rights activist and independent filmmaker who produced "Saint of 9/11,” and play excerpts from the documentary as well as his upcoming film, "Remembering Mychal.” 

Democracy Now / By Amy Goodman

Posted at September 6, 2011, 8:04am

 
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