By Tom Quiner

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4 lesbians representing the group, Femen, attacked the Archbishop of Belgium

The four lesbians stripped off their clothes.

The scene was the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

The lesbians, representing a Ukrainian feminist group that goes by the name “Femen,” were angry at the Catholic Church for being Catholic. They were there to do more than protest the Church’s stance in favor of traditional marriage and against human abortion, they were there to humiliate Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium.

Disrobing in this public space at a public meeting was their tactic to maximize the publicity of their protest.

Their bared breasts revealed the following messages painted on their skin in black:

“My body, my rules.”

One might ask, shouldn’t that view also apply to the daughter in her womb? Why should a daughter have to abide by the mom’s rules if it means her death?

“Anus dei is coming.”

They doused the Archbishop with water as he prayed for them.

They doused the Archbishop with water as he prayed for them.

The intent of this phrase is to profane the Catholic liturgical prayer, Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). In our Catholic faith, the Lamb of God took away the sins of the world, including those of these lesbians. May God have mercy on them.

“Stop homophobia.”

Here, the lesbians are confused. The Church certainly does not fear or hate people with same-sex attractions, just as She doesn’t hate any of Her members with disordered desires, since every single member has them in some form or another. Rather, the Church loves every single member because of the dignity in each person, a dignity bequeathed by our Creator.

The lesbians poured their anger at the Church out on Archbishop Leonard.

They shouted at him.

They cursed him.

They poured water on him (apparently disregarding their own mantra, “my body, my rules,” as they violated the body of the Archbishop). To enhance the desecration, the water bottles were formed in the image of the Blessed Mother.

The Archbishop didn’t ignore them. That would be impossible. Rather, he bowed his head and prayed for them as they doused him with their venom.

He turned the other cheek.

After several minutes of having “His body” subjected to “their rules,” the lesbians were corralled and expelled.

The Archbishop kissed the instrument of his attackers when it was all over

The Archbishop kissed the instrument of his attackers when it was all over

The Archbishop picked up the water bottle, looked at the Blessed Mother, and kissed the instrument of his attack.

This is fitting. The Blessed Mother is all about love and mercy. Let us join Archbishop Leonard in asking the Blessed Mother to pray for these angry women.

Christians of all stripes, and particularly Catholics, are in the crosshairs of a world that despises Christ. He warned us it would happen. He said it’s okay, that it’s worth it:

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.                                

Today, let us keep Archbishop Leonard in our prayers as well as the misguided women in Femen.

 

7 Comments

  1. abcinsc on April 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    He’s a better man than I am!

    • quinersdiner on April 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Good point. It would really be tough to sit there and “take it.” He really modeled Christ.

  2. Joan Wigfield on April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Such a sad, disgusting happening.

    • quinersdiner on April 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, A agree. When you were in Belgium, did you see that university where this incident occured?

  3. jlmahan on April 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I just can’t stand people that disrespect others in attempts for say that they want respect.

  4. kodonivan on April 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    This was an act of anger. I also agree that he behaved better than I would have!

  5. bronzebrunette20 on April 26, 2013 at 1:27 am

    This is a bit extreme…
    I’m all for equal rights but this is disgusting behavior

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