The money quote:
One son was blessed at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Morningside Heights four years ago during a quasi-religious ceremony. "It's like a christening," he said. "The priest holds the baby and we say our prayer at the same time. We have to have the window open and the baby pointed toward the sun."
The priest has been relieved of his position, but is apparently unrepentant. I've put his resume in the comments (I can not seem to be able to link to it in a reproducible way).
I have nothing to add. I'm gobsmacked.