CITY HALL PLAZA — President William P. Leahy, S.J. let his hair down Saturday at the annual Boston Pride Parade before returning to his poorly lit fourth-floor office in St. Mary’s Hall that night.
Eyewitnesses reported (with surprise) that Fr. Leahy exchanged his usual black cassock for a pair of jean shorts and rainbow suspenders — and nothing else — for the June 9 parade. Over the course of the day, the 69-year-old Jesuit collected and put on several strands of multicolored beads, a flower crown, and a heavy dose of body glitter.
“I just think it’s fun,” Fr. Leahy said when asked about his appearance at the parade given his notoriously homophobic views. “I come every year! What’s not to love — lots of people gathered in one place, wearing crazy colors… sometimes they even break out in song. This is what mass should be like!”
When informed that the parade, as a part of Pride Month, was a celebration of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community, Fr. Leahy appeared puzzled.
“What does that stand for?” he asked before hurrying off to take a picture with a shirtless police officer.
Several sources informed The Classic that Fr. Leahy was circling the crowd bumming hits off other people’s joints for approximately half an hour.
By 5:00 PM, Fr. Leahy was seen reuniting with his bodyguard and getting in a black 2007 Buick Lucerne. Later that evening, he reappeared in the halls of St. Mary’s, glitter-less and back in black robes.
Fr. Leahy has not responded to The Classic’s repeated requests for comment, but a note written on Boston College letterhead appeared in the hallway outside his office as the Gasson bell town rang midnight on Sunday morning.
“In accordance with Catholic doctrine, Boston College does not condone any instances of homosexuality or homosexual activity on or off campus.”