A PRIEST was slightly hurt at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral when clashes broke out between church security personnel and gay rights activists who performed a mock marriage of two lesbians.
About 20 members of the group Act Up entered the cathedral and proceeded to perform the mock marriage in front of baffled tourists and worshippers, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.
One activist – dressed as a priest – pronounded the two women married, while other Act Up members chanted: "Pope Benedict XVI, homophobe, AIDS accomplice."
With security officials in pursit, they then fled the cathedral, but clashes broke out outside the Paris landmark, during which Monsignor Patrick Jacquin suffered a minor neck injury. He was treated at the scene.
The demonstration marked the first anniversary of France’s first gay wedding, performed last year in the Bordeaux suburb of Begles.
The union of two men has since been declared null and void by the French courts.
Monsignor Jacquin said: "They are savages. I was pushed to the ground and trampled, kicked in the neck.
"It’s a scandal for these people to lash out at me and the Pope."
He said he was considering filing charges against what he called "barbaric, odious and scandalous acts".
Surprising to see a Reuters headline that said "Priest hurt in mock gay marriage." Mock gay marriage is an exact description, of course they only intended this one circumstance. Homosexual activists often go from just saying they want to be accepted in society to trying to force their agenda on the Church. Tolerance is a one way street. It is also so ridiculous the charge about the Pope being a "AIDS accomplice." As if the Pope is really preventing these activists from buying condoms if they so choose. That people who are going against Christian teaching on the truth that homosexual activity is gravely sinful are going to pause when it comes to the Church’s saying that you can’t use condoms. This just doesn’t apply to homosexual acts anyway since they don’t become right by not using a condom. You just can’t get anymore contraceptive than through homosexual acts in themselves.
In related idiocy.
Campaigners have penned an open letter to Bob Geldof in protest at his decision to invite the Pope to support Live 8.
The National Secular Society (NSS) is pointing to the Vatican’s refusal to condone the use of condoms, saying it has helped spread HIV in Africa.
The society, which campaigns for religion to be taken out of public life, says it will create a counter-campaign of protest against any decision by Pope Benedict XVI to get involved.
NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood said Geldof should not have written to the Pope about attending the Hyde Park event.
He said: "Inviting the Pope to Live 8 would be a slap in the face for all those currently working to stem the spread of Aids in Africa. [Source]