Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Police File Criminal Complaint Against Head of Catholic Citizenship Larry Cirignano


WORCESTER— Police have filed a criminal complaint against the executive director of Boston-based Catholic Citizenship on allegations he pushed a female counter-demonstrator to the ground during an anti-gay marriage rally Saturday outside City Hall.

Detective Capt. Edward J. McGinn Jr. said police yesterday filed an assault and battery complaint in Central District Court against Larry Cirignano, 50, of 15 County Lane, Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, which opposes gay marriage. Continue here

I think that it is high time people start asking Raymond Flynn and Cardinal O'Maley what actions they intend on taking in this matter. Cirignano already publicly admitted to "ecorting" Mrs. Loy, which amounts to assault. Unauthorized touching of another person is illegal, and he has made it clear he crossed that line, so the witnesses testimony will only serve to prove how far things went. Personally I would expect a man of Larry Cirignano's position to have a better understanding of the law than to put his hands on anyone at a rally like this when there were police there to control the crowd. Now he will have to face the consequences of his actions, whether he comes clean on the truth or not.

1 comment:

Woodstock said...

Sure. But I don't think there is any question concerning the truth that he laid his hands on her. He says he escorted her, whatever that means. In the Boston Globe article he denies throwing her to the ground, only.

So the truth we are looking for is not if the event happened but rather if it amounts to assault and battery. If it does not it was still an unmanly act. Police were present at the protest and could have been summoned. Mr. Cirignano's actions were histrionic and theatrical. This kind of behavior should be censured by the Catholic community, in my view.