LANSING, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A priest of the diocese of Lansing, Michigan showed his symbolic approval of the feminist Women's March by donning a pink "pu**yhat" during Saturday Mass.
The image of Fr. William R. Lugger, pastor of St. Casimir, was posted on Facebook over the weekend, and drew both criticism and praise. In response, he wrote in post, "wow ... such hateful mail ... really shows some people ... well as Michelle Obama said ... when they go low ... we go high ... "
The march — with media claiming over one million participants — claimed to be a protest for women's rights. Videos and pictures from the event, however, show vulgar displays of female genitalia, nudity and obscene language.
Linda Sarsour, the march's chair, admitted one big reason for the protest is to support Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. The website for the march states that its "unity principles" include the following:
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.
The protest was sponsored by Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International USA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Organization for Women, MoveOn.org, Human Rights Watch, Emily's List and others.
Speakers included Cecile Richards (CEO of Planned Parenthood, who makes $1 million a year in salary), dissident nun Sr. Simone Campbell, radical feminist Gloria Steinem, and celebrities Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore, Amy Schumer, Madonna and others.
Lugger, however isn't the only Catholic to support the march. America Magazine is reporting several women's religious communities were present, including members of the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Both Lugger and the diocese of Lansing confirmed the hat was worn during Mass:
He also wrote a post rejoicing that more people showed up for the women's march than for President Donald Trump's inauguration a day earlier:
After extensive criticism, Lugger posted:
A video released by the Washington Free Beacon showed some of the vulgarity on display at the D.C. Women's March.