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Illustrated Book on Father Mychal Judge Arrives for 9/11 Anniversary

Kelly Ann Lynch, whose family was counseled over the years by gay priest Mychal Judge, has published a 32-page illustrated biography of the religious figure entitled He Said Yes: The Story of Father Mychal Judge, the Associated Press reports:

Hesaidyes"Lynch, in a simple, straightforward style, details how Judge picked up congregants for his far-flung flock at every stop: suburban families and the homeless; AIDS patients and alcoholics; firefighters and a paralyzed police officer; the loved ones of those killed aboard TWA Flight 800. The tale ends on Sept. 11, 2001, when Judge became the first official victim of the terrorist attack that killed 2,750 people in the twin towers. His dying soon gave life to Lynch's remembrance."

Judge, whose passing last year was marked on the anniversary by a documentary, The Saint of 9/11, worked tirelessly in New York to help others overcome addiction, poverty, and personal struggles before he became a symbol of the selfless heroes in the WTC attacks. The film tried to make the case for Judge's sainthood.

Said Lynch of her new book: "Those first few weeks, it was hard to see anything good. It just felt so dark and so sad and so empty. He left behind a legacy for all of us. I took the most important parts of his story, and tried to simplify it. His story was meant to be shared. He made you feel that you were the one special person in his life. What we've come to realize, six years later, is that he did that for everybody. He was a constant presence."

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  1. Sad that Mychal Judge's gayness will have to be airbrushed out of the picture if he is ever to be considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Christopher | Sep 7, 2007 11:59:27 AM

  2. The sentence "Judge, whose passing last year was marked on the anniversary by a documentary, The Saint of 9/11," should read

    "Judge, whose pass was marked last year on the anniversary by a documentary, The Saint of 9/11,"

    as it is written right now, it says that he died last year.

    Posted by: Chris in Seattle | Sep 7, 2007 12:08:17 PM

  3. Interesting how the crew that goes apoplectic every time a book comes out about a gay penguin or a child with two mommies has no problem with a book that sings the praises of an openly gay man, as long as the author makes sure to stuff him into a closet first.

    Posted by: Zeke | Sep 7, 2007 12:08:36 PM

  4. When I was religious brother in the Catholic Church in the '80's, I had the honor of working with Mychal in the founding of St. Francis AIDS Ministry, one of the first Catholic AIDS organizations in the country. I know we sometimes tend to lionize people after they've died in such a tragic way, but even back then, I remember thinking that I was in the presence of someone extraordinary.

    Posted by: Myspace.com/70x7book | Sep 7, 2007 12:10:31 PM

  5. Well he is a dead gay, which makes Judge more palatable to the Christian Reich.

    Posted by: JOHN IN MANHATTAN | Sep 7, 2007 12:36:56 PM

  6. Most of us first heard of Father Mychal Judge, the late New York fire chaplain and "the saint of 9/11", from that iconic photo of his body being carried from Ground Zero.

    Yet even prior to his heroic death on 9/11, Father Mychal was widely seen by many New Yorkers as a living saint for his deep spirituality and his extraordinary work with the homeless, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, immigrants, gays and lesbians, and others rejected by society.

    Father Mychal was also openly gay, though celibate. He blessed and supported committed gay relationships, often annoying the church hierarchs. But like his spiritual father St. Francis of Assisi, Mychal reported directly to a Higher Authority. Three medically documented miraculous healings have occurred through prayers to Father Mychal.

    For more information, visit:

    Posted by: jmKelley | Sep 8, 2007 12:11:30 AM

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