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Spanish court dismisses charges against artist who desecrated Eucharist

November 17, 2016

A Spanish court has ruled that an artist did not commit a crime by stealing and desecrating the Blessed Sacrament. A Christian lawyers’ group is appealling the decision.

Abel Azcona collected consecrated hosts from churches in Madrid and Pamploma, used them in a display mocking the Catholic Church, then sold them for over $250,000.

Judge Fermin Otamendi ruled that Azcona could not be prosecuted under a law prohibhiting desecration of sacred objects, because the artists used the “small white round objects” tastefully, without doing anything “disrespectful, offensive, or irreverent.” He said that a secular court could not require non-believers to treat the Eucharist with the respect that the Catholic Church requires.

The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers has announced plans to appeal, “in the face of what is becoming a campaign of serious offenses against the Christian faith and religious freedom.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 20, 2016 10:42 AM ET USA

    Judge is slanting everything to be politically correct. First place I thought theft, which this "artist" admitted, was illegal but apparently not if you are an "artist". Wonder what this judge would do if something was stolen from his house for "art" work. Guess we have idiots all over the globe.