the staff of the Ridgewood blog
NEW YORK NY, according to ABC news a 37-year-old man from New Jersey attempted to enter St Patrick’s Cathedral, seat of the New York Archdiocese, with two gasoline cans according to police.
Police say Marc Lamparello of Hasbrouck Heights drove to the area of the cathedral and took two gas cans and lighter fluid from his car.
Church ushers stopped the man and nearby officers with the NYPD Critical Response Command took the man into custody.
Lamparello told police he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Ave from 5th because his car had run out of gas.
Lamparello is a Boston College-educated philosophy professor who has been involved in the Catholic Church in the past. According to a bio for a recently published book he wrote, “A native of New Jersey, Marc Lamparello studied philosophy at Boston College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2004. Marc has been heavily engaged in the study of philosophy from an early age, and is currently working on two other book-length projects, including a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God, and a series of essays on the epistemology of practical motivation.”
Nobody was hurt in the incident. He is unlikely to face charges as he is considered an emotionally disturbed person but will likely be held for psychological evaluation .