A former custodian at St. Cecilia Cathedral was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs Thursday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief for damaging property at the church’s annual flower festival.
Mark F. Kenney, 59, said he disagreed with the secular content of the show’s 2016 theme of “A Night at the Movies.” He admitted that on Jan. 29, he took a pair of bolt cutters, walked onto a catwalk high above the main sanctuary and cut a steel cable, sending a suspended Mary Poppins figure crashing to the floor.
After that, Kenney went downstairs and removed a cardboard Buddha figure from the Nash Chapel, which also featured costumed mannequins from “The King and I.” He threw the Buddha out one door and proceeded to toss costumed mannequins out two other doors.
The pastor, Father Gutsgsell, had this to say:
“Obviously, context is everything,” the priest said in an interview this month. Cathedrals are kind of the epicenter for culture presentation and development.”
What a dope.