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]
Nothing says “I love you!” like a condom.
That they desecrated what I consider to be a sacred place, manhandled a priest to the ground and shocked and frightened tourists and worshippers (who may well have saved up their whole lives to visit Notre Dame) demonstrates their profound ignorance of what a sacrament actually is.
My husband and I could not DEMAND the sacrament of Matrimony. We had to prove that we were prepared — a thing which same sex couples can never be.
I’ve always thought that the members of Act Up were trying to reduce public protests to the level of monkeys throwing feces. But I guess I’m shocked by this NSS group. If you’re religious you can’t participate in society?
I find it interesting that most gay’s that I have talked to say that having a form of spiritualness is comforting but it’s hard to stay Catholic because the Church is mean and cruel, and ignoring their needs. The Church forces their rules on them, and they feel they are being punished for just loving their fellow brother.
What I have said to my friend is, what you’re asking from the Church is not possible. Because you have seen change in some areas of the Church you think there can be changes in gay marriage. I said it will never happen. These are moral laws that have been in place since the beginning of the Church. Who are you to change it? Did you ever stop to think you’re the one who is wrong?( I know, of course not) My friend said, “Well, maybe we’ll just have to get nasty about it”. So now I read (pertaining to gay activists), “They’re savages” “barbaric, odioous and scandalous acts” I told my friend, “the gay’s are starting to look more like wild animals and the church, the civilized grounds keepers.” My friend told me, “Well, we have to bring attention to our needs somehow, don’t we?” I said, “So you don’t care if they act like animals?” He said, ” I’m a Gay Catholic and we need to be heard”. I said, “There is no such thing as a gay Catholic, you can be one or the other, but not both”. He said nothing.
Is Live 8 that Hyde Park free concert? Why would the Pope want to attend one of those?
“Mock gay marriage” hurts priests.
Homosexuals making a mockery of “marriage” hurts everyone.
Re: the mock marriage:
Do these people have a job? A life? And to do something so rude, distasteful and sacrilegious… well… God will judge in the end, that’s for sure.
It’s a scandal that they are holding the Church to ransom to further their beliefs.
If you don’t like it, or the Church cramps your style, leave. The Episcopalians and others are more than happy to accommodate you.
Lisa, that’s what I keep saying…but the fact is I think they like playing the part of martyrs. Only, their suffering is for not. Sad.
Gay activists are terrorists.
1. Information about this incident could not be found on any serious TV/press (at least in Poland). I wonder why ?
2. Information about Koran being profaned in Guantanamo base was everywhere. I wonder why ?
The Pope would be extremely unwise (and it is uncharacteristic of Benedict to be that) to get involved in a highly political and politicised event such as Live 8. He would be hanging on the coat-tails of the highly erratic Bob Geldof – who can scarcely speak a sentence without obscenity – and de facto endorsing the vacuous culture of sound-bites from self-interested “celebrities” and rock bands who openly lead lifestyles that celebrate and endorse drug abuse, promiscuity and every other kind of excess. It would be far beneath the dignity of his office to be one of the “groupies” of a man who has publicly declared that everyone who doesn’t agree with him can “F*** off”. And I understand the Holy Father isn’t terribly keen on that sort of music. The Pope has moral authority. I am sorry to say that so far as I am concerned Bob Geldof, Bono and Coldplay do not.