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French parish desecrated; pastor sees a 'professional' crime

Catholic World News - February 25, 2010

The Diocese of Essonne, France, has been shaken by the desecration of a parish church, and the reluctance of law-enforcement officials to recognize the crime as an anti-Catholic assault. Criminals entered the parish church, broke through the sacristy door, ransacked the church, stole a paten and chalice, and scattered the Blessed Sacrament on the floor. The pastor, Father Adelard Kaseshi, notes that there were many signs that the break-in was the work of professionals. Nevertheless the mayor questioned whether the crime should be classified as "desecration," since there were no anti-Christian slogans left on the scene.

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  • Posted by: niall - Feb. 25, 2010 7:19 PM ET USA

    "No anti-Christian slogans left on the scene" - the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord, the Source and Summit of the Church's life, thrown to the floor. There is no stronger or sadder anti-Christian slogan than that. If they were only after the precious metal chalices and ciboria they would have no cause to disturb the Blessed Sacrament. The malefactors know very well the significance of the Holy Eucharist to us - if the mayor thinks otherwise, he is seriously deluded.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Feb. 25, 2010 2:45 PM ET USA

    OUTRAGE - may the townspeople choose Christ and run that mayor out of office

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