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Don't blame the bees

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 04, 2013

As an amateur beekeeper I am troubled by this report that thousands of bees “took over” a Catholic church in Texas.

First, the bees were outside the church, up near the steeple. They were no threat to the people on the ground or the worshippers inside the building. The bees were in residence long enough to build a good deal of comb: a process that must have taken at least a few weeks. Were services disrupted? I doubt it. Sure, it might have been imprudent to dance around on the roof while they were there, but when is it prudent to dance on the roof?

We’ve had enough stories about angry groups disrupting Catholic services. There’s no evidence that these bees were disruptive—they were just minding their own business—nor even that they were angry.

Oh, and a bee-yard is called an apiary. An aviary is for the birds. Like this story.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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