Skip to comments.Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water
Posted on 04/26/2013 5:23:12 PM PDT by Morgana
BRUSSELS, April 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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.
Its not the first time the bishop has been attacked for standing up for the Churchs 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, Tuesdays 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 countrys 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 archbishops face. Again in 2011, homosexual activists at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve near Brussels threw a custard pie in the archbishops face.
Archbishop Leonard has been a great supporter for the pro-life movement in Belgium, speaking at their inaugural March for Life in 2010.
BTW, isn't what they did "assault", not to mention trespassing? The article I read does not say if they were arrested. The church should file charges.
Please tell me Meghan McCain wasn’t one of them.
May the Lord Bless and Watch Over Archbishop Leonard.
Homos are a race in Belgium?
Maybe now people can understand that in the days when normals were strong these assailants were burned at the stake.
Looks like a Hate Crime to me.
Amazing example of Christian reaction to violence. God bless Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard.
the guy at the wall has the right idea, if you aren’t going to exorcise these women. the demons are leaving the building, one way or another.
And of course, the obligatory sign with “Homophobia” on it.
Look at the picture.
Which side conveys control and balance and which side conveys a manic state based upon abnormal psychology?
Maybe these insults and attacks will instruct people that the type on nonsense exhibited in the main article is the reason perverts and Third World incompetents were at one time controlled. They cannot control themselves why should they not suffer external control?
Leviticus 18:22-- homosexuality is an abomination.
This is horrible. This should be news on conservative talk radio but will it be? Could you imagine a bunch of Christians/Conservatives storming a gay event in such a way and it not be news?
I think they need to spend some time in the nervous hospital. In the old days if people did stuff like this that is where they were sent.
Incredible as this may seem, they were so ugly that our dear Meghan would have looked like a Playboy model by comparison.
The archbishop needs younger bouncers. This could have been stopped in seconds.
Liberalism is a mental disorder.
I like the guy in the background, though, giving the one trollop a kick in the pants.