So, a Bishop Walks Into a Paddy Wagon...

As we reported earlier, at least 50 arrests were made yesterday as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators attempted to occupy Duarte Square and One New York Plaza. One of the most notable and vocal of the arrestees is retired Episcopalian Bishop George Packard. Packard was the first person over the fence surrounding Duarte Square, which is owned by Trinity Church. On his blog, Bishop Packard wrote before heading to the square, "I am still baffled that the Episcopal Church of which I have been a member all my life could not--through Trinity--find some way to embrace these thousands of young people in our very diminishing ranks." Shortly after entering the land owned by his affiliated Church, police slapped cable ties around his wrists and sent him to jail.

The below video (via Newyorkist) shows Bishop Packard in the paddy wagon, speaking with his fellow detained occupiers:

Here is a video of the Bishop climbing the fence into Duarte Square and the ensuing arrests (both via Mother Jones):

Bishop Packard's wife updated his blog, Occupied Bishop, while he was in jail. "I am heartened to know he looks pretty happy in the paddy wagon!" she wrote.

There have been no updates since, but freelance photographer Zach Roberts, who was in the paddy wagon with Packard, says he himself was released around 11 p.m last night.

paddy wagon to central booking w/ Bishop George Packard D17 [YouTube]


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Re Occupy & Trinity Church: You don’t need to be religious to understand -and embrace- the idea that "Whatsoever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." But many of the 1%, in blind greed and endless schemes, have forgotten this. They have closed their eyes to what the word "society" should really mean, what it can mean. But due to Occupy Wall Street, we are finally talking less about CUTS and more about BLEEDING. Instead of demanding m-o-r-e budget cuts -to be borne by the middle class and poor- we are FINALLY focusing on the shameful bleeding that the poor and middle class has endured, for all too long. Instead of talking about even m-o-r-e cuts in the taxes of millionaires....we are now talking about fairness and justice - about an economy and a political system that is increasingly run for the rich, and by the rich. Instead of talking about LESS government, we are talking about a government that WORKS FOR ALL OF US, not just a favored few. Thank you OWS, for reminding us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter, and for helping open our eyes to what’s  going on in this country, and why. The attempt by OWS to occupy Duarte Square (the empty lot owned by Trinity Church) is much more than a plea for sanctuary. For like Zuccotti Park, it’s an attempt to carve out a protected space, a living conscience for the city, amid the repression. A a city where control-freaks would sweep us under the rug, and out of the way. In a city where they would pen us in, and permit us to death. In a city that tells us  to “move on, move on”..... you don’t belong, you don’t count, you don’t have a right to be here...don’t assemble, don’t block the street, don’t trespass, don’t EXIST! They would deny us, deny our lives, deny our very futures. IF WE LET THEM. But OWS responds, both in word and in DEED: it says we’ve had ENOUGH - we BELONG, we STAND our ground, and we DO matter! This IS our land, and we want it BACK! The word OCCUPY...says it all! That’s why OWS has captured our imagination. That’s why a living breathing OCCUPIED public space is important for OWS. Like Lady Liberty’s never extinguished torch that burns in our harbor, OWS needs to have a concrete, persistent, in-your-face presence.. continually remind us of what we’ve lost, of what we are, and what we can be; a protected place to affirm, to illuminate, to defy...and to inspire. Trinity Church, with its oft-proclaimed ideals (and its huge land holdings), should look deep into its collective soul, do the right thing, and help OWS secure a sanctuary. Not merely a space of refuge, but one of hope, non-violent change, and compassion. And dare I say: a space of love -  love of country, love of your fellow man and woman, love for the poor and oppressed. Can thoughtful Christians argue with these simple Christian / human values? For if Christ were physically with us today, as He was 2000 years ago, He would be among the FIRST to climb those fences, and occupy Trinity’s Duarte Square. Of this I am certain. Let us pray that Trinity Church -and others -hear the call, and respond. For the old ways are not working....


PRAISE the GOOD LORD that we have a clergy man, a true servant unto our LOVING LORD CHRIST JESUS! Bless thy soul Oh Bishop George Packard. You are a true man of the cloth, and man of GOD'S earthly needed works for the lest of our LORD CHRIST JESUS'S brothern!AMEN.You showed great, true and unselfish guidance, just as any good sheap herder. There are so many of our fellow brothers and sisters, and some were around 5,000,000 homeless childern in America. That's RIGHT maybe even more than 5,000,000. Christ knew who the filth of society was back 2,000 years ago. AND THIER THE SAME FOUL SELFSERVING PARASITES THAT THEY ARE. the CORPRATE-FASISM. That they call capitalism to delude us with word games. The 1% are the cancer of AMERICA! the scheming MODERN DAY CARPETBAGGERS and FOUL SHYLOCKS that will not just take you nickels, and dimesthey will come for the pocket lent in due time. The Bishop knows man's histry all so very well! AND most is a dark stain on mankinds  so called  farce called humanitarianism, humanity, and the joke of jokes human kind? Please do not get me wrong, there are millions of good souls out there. But that 1% it will drive us down into the earth ,in the worst way!

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