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Didn't want this lovely article to get lost in the other thread


Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water

by John-Henry Westen


BRUSSELS, April 23, 2013 ( - In an astonshing display of gentleness in the face of a vile attack, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, remained calmly seated with eyes closed in prayer Tuesday as four topless women attacked him with shouts and curses and doused him with water.


It's not the first time the bishop has been attacked for standing up for the Church's teachings on homosexuality and expressing his concern for those who live the homosexual lifestyle.


The incident took place at the ULB University in Brussels where the archbishop was participating in a debate on blasphemy laws.


The four women, representing the pro-abortion and homosexual group FEMEN, took to the stage where they disrobed to reveal black-painted slogans on their bare chests and backs, such as ‘my body my rules,' and 'anus dei is coming.' They also held signs reading ‘stop homophobia'. The women doused the archbishop with water from bottles formed in the image of the Virgin Mary.


(More photos here. Warning: uncensored)




For most of the attack, which lasted a number of minutes before the women could be forced off stage, Archbishop Leonard sat drenched with water with eyes closed in prayer. After the ordeal, the archbishop kissed the image of the Virgin Mary on one of the water bottles that was used in the attack. Le Soir reports that one of the interveners said of the archbishop: "He was very calm and maintained a position of prayer. I have to believe he was praying for us."


Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard kisses one of the bottles that was used to douse him with water by the gay activists. The bottles were in the shape of the Virgin Mary.

According to FEMEN, Tuesday's attack was spurred by an interview three weeks ago where Archbishop Leonard said that when speaking to Christians who are inclined to homosexuality he suggests celibacy, as is required for all single persons.


Already in 2007, as Bishop of Namur, Archbishop Leonard was accused of an offence against the Belgian anti-racism act for calling homosexual acts "abnormal". In 2008 he was cleared of homophobia charges after appearing in court.


In 2010, as the new archbishop of Brussels, the archbishop was targeted by homosexualist groups, and condemned by the country's prime minister, after he said that AIDS is a consequence of risky sexual behavior, including homosexual sexual activity.


Also in 2010 he was attacked at his Cathedral by a man who shoved a cherry pie in the archbishop's face. Again in 2011, homosexual activists at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve near Brussels threw a custard pie in the archbishop's face.


Archbishop Leonard has been a great supporter for the pro-life movement in Belgium, speaking at their inaugural March for Life in 2010.


by on May. 6, 2013 at 2:40 AM
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by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Please, tell me how my statement is wrong. The Catholic church goes to great lengths to get their way in any way they can, by any means necessary, no matter the damage they cause or the people they hurt in the process. They attack/demean/belittle/harass anyone that thinks or does differently than they do. Quoting Arroree:


Sounds like some of our politicians and lawmakers.

The manner in which those connected to Femen protest would make me, personally, stop listening to anything they might have to say. 

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