FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2010


In response to reports of planned protests for the anniversary of September 11th, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan issued the following statement:

"September 11th has become a holy day in our community and our nation, as we pause to remember with reverence and prayer those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the families and friends who still grieve for them.  This seems to me to be a fitting way for us to not only remember those who died, but to honor their memory as well.

The news reports that various groups and individuals are planning protests to mark this year’s 9/11 anniversary are worrisome.  We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division.  Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect.

It is my hope that September 11th will be a day when we resolve to continue working on those issues which divide us, and lay the foundation for a new and deeper understanding among us all."