DePetro Attacks Rev. Sterritt for Amicable Nativity

For those of you who have been enjoying Bill Sterritt’s contemporary retelling of the nativity story, you probably won’t like the treatment John DePetro gave the reverend.

DePetro was evidently disgusted that Sterritt and his congregation at the Amicable Congregational Church in Tiverton would depict the nativity scene with characters he found, well, this is what he said:

“As if they are homeless people running around Kennedy Plaza. Are they also drug addicts, Reverend? Like they are members of Occupy Wall Street. It’s insulting. Why are you insulting the church in this way?

Sterritt kept his sense of humor about the ordeal. While laughing, he replied, “Mr. DePetro, let’s not be absurd, alright?”

But asking John DePetro not to be absurd is like asking water not to be wet. That’s really kinda all it does.

I should point out that Kara Russo was on the phone, one of the few Rhode Islanders – perhaps human beings anywhere – capable of being more absurd than John DePetro.

My favorite part of the segment was when Russo said, “All you have to know is that they are heavily promoting this on Rhode Island’s Future…”

To which DePetro interrupted her, “Ugh, please don’t, that’s foul language in my book.”

If you’re into the absurd, it’s definitely worth a listen to. WPRO has the podcast here, or you can listen here:

We’ll be posting another installment in Rev. Sterritt’s modern retelling of the nativity story later today … in the meantime, here is the most recent chapter.

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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

4 responses to “DePetro Attacks Rev. Sterritt for Amicable Nativity”

  1. leftyrite

    That’s our De Petro.

    Groping and hoping in a rented building. 

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  2. Steve Ahlquist

    DePetro is all but advocating for Catholic theocracy at this point. He has called Bishop Tobin “Rhode Island’s true leader” and has referred to the Reverend Donald Anderson, the head of the Rhode Island Council of Churches, as “a false prophet.” He’s off-the-rails on his putative Catholicism, and of course a complete hypocrite as well.
    Rhode Island deserves better.

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  3. DogDiesel

    I’m not sure why you keep giving this chucklehead so much face time on RIF. Who are you trying to convince here that he’s not a good person?

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