A steady rain dimmed the view from the top of the Empire State Building early this week, but nothing could dampen the red-hot controversy surrounding the decision by the building’s management not to bathe the skyscraper’s iconic tower in blue and white floodlights to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa. On the eve of Thursday’s rally to protest that decision, the management company got some support from an unlikely source a coalition of groups representing “progressive Catholics” who have come out on the side of the building’s owner, Anthony Malkin of Malkin Properties. Catholics for Choice and several other liberal lay Catholic organizations endorsed a letter to Malkin supporting his decision and blasting The Catholic League’s president, Bill Donohue, for mounting what they said was a “self-promotion campaign” in organizing the rally.

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