The ultimate insult

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 10, 2004

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, radical activists defaced a Catholic chuch, spray-painting feminist slogans on the facade and twisting coathangers around a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The pastor was nonplussed. Why did they do it? he asked the Boston Globe, observing that his was a "progressive" parish.

Of course he understood why people would be angry with the Catholic Church (of course), but Father Charles Collins felt that this went too far. It was... Well, it was offensive!

How offensive was it? Let's let Father Collins answer that question:

It's as personally affrontive (sic) as a pro-lifer who goes inside an abortion clinic and passes out literature to staff.

Only in Cambridge (Archdiocese of Boston) would a priest reprimand the people who desecrate Catholic churches by telling them they're acting like (gasp!) pro-lifers.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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