Home / News / New York Catholic priest protests local street named after George Carlin
New York Catholic priest protests local street named after George Carlin

New York Catholic priest protests local street named after George Carlin

A New York priest is protesting the naming of a street after George Carlin because of the language the late commedian used.  The priest stated such an action dishonors the Church.

Some who knew Carlin growing up feel it is fitting to rename the part of 121st street, between Amsterdam and Broadway, in honor of him.  Both the priest and the school Carlin attended disagree.

Rafferty does not want the schoolchildren to see Carlin’s name and become exposed to the language Carlin used in his comedy acts.

“Certainly he made his early work a mockery of this particular place — certainly a lot of people by name,” said Pastor Raymond Rafferty of Corpus Christi Church.

“He also was an extremely vulgar person,” Rafferty said.

However, many residents believe Carlin deserves the honor of having a street named after him.

“If overall he did more good than not good, then I see no harm in having a street named after him,” education administrator Fred Schnur said.

Rafferty’s response was, “My response to that? It would be fine, but not on this street.” Adding it would be a slap in the face to the Church.

The community board has made no final decision concerning renaming the street.

News video

In honour of George Carlin:

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
Scroll To Top