France: Churches continue to be desecrated

Source: FSSPX News

"Burn your church"

Tabernacles broken into, consecrated hosts trampled underfoot, graffiti full of hate, broken furniture, stolen works of art… The list of desecrated churches grows ever longer as the days pass. The last to date occurred in Nantes. During the night from 26 to 27 February, one of the doors of Saint Donatian’s Basilica was covered with despicable comments: “Burn your church.” A few meters farther on, could be seen on the wall surrounding Saint Donatian’s High School “Burn the priests, freedom for the sorceresses” as well as the old anarchist slogan, “Neither God nor master.” Two days later, again in Nantes, was targeted yet another church, this time Saint Clement’s Church: one station of the cross stolen, the hand of a statue of Saint Peter broken off, damaged chairs… Last June, in the cathedral of Nantes, a statue of General Lamoricière was covered in red paint.

In the Paris region, the profanations are even more numerous. In Essone, their number has come to eight these last months. On February 12th, the tabernacle of Saint Michael’s Church in Morangis was found broken into with hammers. A chalice, a ciborium, and a paten in gold were stolen. The parish priest, Father Kaseshi was able to recover the fragments of trampled hosts… They had all been consecrated. In an interview with the daily newspaper La Croix, Pascal Noury, mayor of Mourangis, refuses to see in the crime an act of profanation: “No anti-Christian graffiti, no over-turned crucifix,… It is not like an anti-Semitic tag on a Jewish tomb.” Bishop Michel Dubost of Evry disagrees in a communiqué dated the 19th of February 2010, and deplores “the silence on the desecration of churches”, denouncing at the same time the public authorities, whom he calls “responsible for the act by their lack of action”. “If we have to yell, we will yell,’ warns the Bishop. (Sources: La Croix/Presse Océan – DICI, issue number 211, 6 March 2010)

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