Cardinal Dolan offers to pray next year’s groundhog doesn’t get dropped…
Cardinal Timothy Dolan held his annual blessing of the animals at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday — and quipped that the late Staten Island groundhog could have used some extra protection before its fatal fall.
“Everybody, everything, can benefit from God’s blessing!” a jovial Dolan said at the event.
Last Feb. 2, Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the wiggling rodent, who died a week later from internal injuries. But the animal wasn’t the real Staten Island Chuck. It was his stand-in, Charlotte“Oh, if somebody asked, I’d do it,” he said, but he joked, “I’d be more interested in the turkey for Thanksgiving.”The Catholic leader said he’d be happy to offer a special prayer for the marmot at next year’s Groundhog Day ceremony.
At the blessing of the animals ceremony commemorating Saturday’s Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Dolan said, “Creatures, animals, they’re just a sign of God’s care for the world. They’re reminders of God’s providence and God’s love.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped “Chuck” on Groundhog Day. The animal died a week later from internal injuries.
The Staten Island Zoo is still deciding whether de Blasio should be allowed to put his paws on another furry forecaster next Groundhog Day.
“As we do each year, the zoo will review the Groundhog Day ceremony to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for all its participants, our visitors, and, of course, our animals,” zoo spokesman Brian Morris said Monday.