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Couple Arrested for Having Sex in New York City Cathedral
Fox News/NY Post ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002 | By Philip Messing, Marianne Garvey and Hasani Gittens

Posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:34:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

NEW YORK A Virginia couple was arrested in New York City Thursday for public lewdness after allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral as part of a radio stunt that outraged parishioners and church officials.

Also arrested was comedian Paul Mercurio, 40, who provided a running on-air commentary of the sex act, which took place just five feet away from worshippers praying on the Feast of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cathedral; catholic; freep; paulmercurio; sacrilege; sex; stpatricks; viacom
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A Virginia couple was arrested in New York City Thursday for public lewdness ...

They ought to consider also tacking on a charge of "Penal Law § 240.21 Disruption, or disturbance of religious service""

A person is guilty ...who makes unreasonable ...disturbance while at a lawfully assembled religious service or within one hundred feet thereof, with intent to cause annoyance or alarm or recklessly creating a risk thereof Aggravated disorderly conduct is a class A misdemeanor.

It sure sounds like they were recklessly creating a risk of disruption to me.

1 posted on 08/16/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
If there were any children present, the couple should be neutered. Seriously.
6 posted on 08/16/2002 10:01:25 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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Absolutely disgusting - what a bunch of PIGS. Maybe they'll get lucky and catch a disease!
7 posted on 08/16/2002 10:01:56 AM PDT by Gerish
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Florence was rushed to St. Clares Hospital, complaining he had thrown his back out. He told cops it was a pre-existing condition.

I bet the cops wish they could have thrown his back out a little more.

8 posted on 08/16/2002 10:02:49 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Tropoljac
I was listening live yesterday when this happened.

They get Opie and Anthony in Croatia?

9 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:06 AM PDT by Between the Lines
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O & A sucks.....they're Don and Mike wannabes.
10 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:46 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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Unbelievable," said New Yorker Ren Brown. "I try not to judge, but that's just going too far."

Gee, Ron, do you think you could make just a 'bit' of a judgement and call it what it is? An unmarried couple having sex in a church and you 'don't want to judge'? What would it take for you to call it what it is? Sacrifices on the altar? Islamic rituals in the church? Even Christ threw the money changers out of the temple and if I remember the verses He was pretty upset. What has this nation come to? Don't answer I already know

11 posted on 08/16/2002 10:03:56 AM PDT by billbears
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FUNNY????

Would you consider it FUNNY if strangers took a crap on your mother's head for a radio "stunt"?

That's how I feel about this "stunt": NOT FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: aeiou
I am glad these vile slobs were caught.

If they weren't, they would have finished their business, no one would have known, and life would have gone on no worse for the wear. I assume the locals belive that their deity would have handled the blasphemers in an appropriate fashion.
13 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:17 AM PDT by BikerNYC
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"I was listening live yesterday when this happened. Disgusting? Of course! Sacriligous? Yes. Funny? You bet..."

Your comment speaks volumes about you.

14 posted on 08/16/2002 10:06:27 AM PDT by grumpster-dumpster
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a radio stunt that outraged parishioners and church officials.

I guess they're not used to heterosexual sex there.

15 posted on 08/16/2002 10:07:19 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; EdReform; Askel5
Note that these cowards didn't try this in an Islamic mosque.

/1/ They would be jailed for a hate crime

/2/ They would be hunted down and killed after a religious fatwa was put on them.

16 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:17 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Tropoljac
Funny? You bet...

Nothing funny about it.

17 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:35 AM PDT by dighton
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Funny? You think doing such a sacrilegious act in a house of God is funny? Do us all a favor if you are in Croatia. Stay there!
18 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:37 AM PDT by kellynla
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I can't tell you how many times I've walked through that exact part of that cathedral with my kids. Easily dozens.

That said, even without the addresses it would've been obvious the two idiots were out of towners. There are several places within the Cathedral where you could quietly copulate without getting caught. Damn amateurs.


19 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:44 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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I'm not Catholic, but it is not funny to deliberately go into a place someone else considers sacred and do something to degrade it. These people are pigs, and anybody who thinks it is funny is a pig. What has happened to common decency and respect for others?
20 posted on 08/16/2002 10:08:48 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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