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French protestors destroy infamous anti-Christian art

Catholic World News - April 18, 2011

Armed with hammers and screwdrivers, four protestors in Avignon destroyed a blasphemous 1987 photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine. Frederic Mitterand, the nation’s culture minister, denounced the act as an “attack on the freedom of creation.”

In an impassioned April 8 statement, Archbishop Jean-Pierre Marie Cattenoz had blasted local officials who permitted the display of the photograph. Comparing the officials to Pontius Pilate, the prelate noted that they would not have tolerated the display of a similar photograph of the Qur’an.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 19, 2011 5:02 PM ET USA

    I guess we are free to wallow in sewerage,but I still admire those who destroyed that bit of "culture". They didn't go and behead the artist,did they?

  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Apr. 18, 2011 7:04 PM ET USA

    What he said.

  • Posted by: Erik George - Apr. 18, 2011 5:55 PM ET USA

    This is appalling that Christians should resort to such violent action during Lent, even when the victim is a picture and not a person. We do not practice Jihad, we practice martyrdom. In living our call to holiness, we are called to pick up our own crosses, not off-load them forcefully on others. Besides, he who lives by the sword shall die by it.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 18, 2011 4:28 PM ET USA

    The words I had decided to write when I reached the end of this piece were, "Good for them," but since Cornelius beat me to them, I won't.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Apr. 18, 2011 12:50 PM ET USA

    Good for them.

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