Trinity Church Zuccotti Park?

“We welcome any of those involved in the protest for pastoral care and reflection.” These words from the Rector of Trinity Church Broadway might have been expected. After all, Father Cooper could hardly have said, “We refuse to meet any protestors who seek pastoral care or reflection.”

On the other hand, Trinity Church has often made much of its links with Wall Street. And much of its historical fame has been based on its vast wealth derived from Wall Street landholdings and stocks. I wonder about its anodine “welcome” to protestors who–as far as anything they say is coherent–seem to be attacking the foundations on which Trinity stands. I also question whether the same welcome would be extended to a group of Tea Party activists. But that’s another story. —J. Douglas Ousley

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