Shocking Youtube video shows French police attacking and kicking a Catholic priest for protesting gay marriage

Eccles and That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill have posted Youtube footage that shows the French police pushing a Catholic priest to the ground and kicking him for trying to protect a young person during a demonstration defending marriage from the Socialist government’s plans for same-sex marriage. As Bones so rightly observes every one should watch this video  because it graphically shows our future, the future of Catholics in this country who will not join the quislings in the compromising the Faith.

That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill posted the following:

‘Eccles just tweeted something the whole world needs to see.

To be precise, this is French police taking a priest by force and giving him a kicking for good measure.

The mask of ‘equality’ is slipping in France.

This is tyranny. This is what is coming to our country, but with far less resistance.

Watch it here from 4.10 and pray for these brave priests and ordinary French citizens, whose right to protest against same-sex marriage – or rather – whose right to defend the fundamental premise upon which rests the institution of marriage rests, is being violently removed from them.

This is what happens when people try to defend their nation, the family, marriage and freedom.

This is our future.

This is the future of this country’s children.

The Governments of the world do not want people to defend principles. They don’t want people to have principles. They just get in the way of the plan. They have underestimated, perhaps, just how many people will be prepared to lose their freedom, or even die, just for a single principle.

I don’t know what page we are on in the Book of Revelation, but I think France has shown us that this dragon is going to take some slaying…

45 comments to Shocking Youtube video shows French police attacking and kicking a Catholic priest for protesting gay marriage

  • karla

    Absolutely disgusting from the police. God Bless the Priest and those defending traditional marriage

  • karla

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that redefining marriage won’t effect you and your life in some way, because it will, for the negative.

  • Matthew Booth

    I don’t speak French, and I don’t know what they were protesting about. This video is heavily edited, so I don’t know if the French police were justified in their actions. However, the thrust of you post here is this:

    “As Bones so rightly observes every one should watch this video because it graphically shows our future, the future of Catholics in this country who will not join the quislings in the compromising the Faith.”

    There is absolutely nothing whatsoever in this video which suggests that Catholics have been treated differently to anybody else. A dog collar is not a license to special treatment, and the priest you are presumably referring to got none. He was treated neither better nor worse than anybody else. You imply that the state is victimising Catholics, but all I see is the police reacting to a violent protest. Are you implying that if a Gay Pride march had turned this ugly, the police would have reacted differently?

    You have invented a bogey man in an attempt to scare the faithful into meek compliance. It’s and old and cynical trick.

    • Deacon Nick Donnelly

      Read the old face of Britain, Matthew Booth justifies the French police pushing a Catholic priest to the ground and giving him a kicking. The likes of Matthew Booth no doubt said the same as they stood around Tyburn. Deacon Nick.

      • Matthew Booth

        You didn’t read my comment: I didn’t justify it at all. The video is too heavily edited to know whether it was justified or not.

        I said that Catholics were not singled out for special treatment, which is the spectre you are trying to conjure. I’ll ask you again: would a similarly violent Gay Pride march have been treated differently?

    • Michael Petek

      If a Gay Pride march had been held at all, the police would have had a banner and a float as part of the procession. The Mayor of Paris, who controls the police, is himself a sodomite.

      • Matthew Booth

        And in a staunchly Catholic nation, the police are probably mostly Catholics! Being treated the same as everyone else is not the same as persecution.

        • Deacon Nick Donnelly

          France a staunchly Catholic nation!!! If only that were true. Deacon Nick

          • Mark

            The establishment in France is dominated by the viciously anti-clerical “Grand Orient” Freemasons.

        • Gurn

          A staunchly Catholic nation….. LOL.

          • Catholic Cat

            The only Catholic nation are people in all nations who are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church

        • Michael Petek

          The two situations are not comparable. It is evident to reason that homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity and that the notion of marriage between two men or two women is so repugnant to reason that no one can favour it in good conscience. Anyone who does favour it, or affirms that homosexual acts are morally licit, is an evildoer.

          In a staunchly Catholic nation – that is to say a nation with laws worthy of the name – anyone who dissented from Catholic truth concerning matters of right reason in what concerns human life, marriage, the family and sexual morality would be punished for sedition and hammered from the streets.

    • ms Catholic state

      Sorry but it’s a bit ironic of you to complain about scaring the ‘meek’ into compliance. That is exactly what the pro-gay ‘marriage’ brigade are doing to all and sundry. Intimidating and bullying the meek into accepting the sin that is gay ‘marriage’.

      Incidents of bullying from pro-gay ‘marriage’ brigade should be collated and recorded…and reported to the Police! Any slight against the gay ‘community’ is investigated by the ever compliant police, taking orders from our twisted establishment.

    • Gurn

      Look at 4:20 onwards the priest was trying to help out a protester but instead he was the one who got dragged behind police lines and beaten.

    • PewCatholic

      Then find the longer version of the video on Youtube (also on other Catholic blogs) and watch it before pronouncing judgment. You will see that (a) the only violence came from the charging French police and that (b) the priest tried to stop them beating and arresting a minor CHILD. For his pains he was dragged behind police lines and given a tremendous kicking by a number of riot police officers. No-one should expect to be treated in such a way by state thugs….let alone a Catholic priest demonstrating peacefully to uphold a fundamental Catholic principle. If you seek to excuse this, then shame on you. The priesthood is sacred – striking a priest is punishable by immediate excommunication. In the unlikely event that the police officer is Catholic.

      • Chris

        Strange I thought the police were remarkably self restrained in the face of obviously violent provocation of kicking the fence. I saw the priests doing nothing to restrain the hooligan element of their protesters. If this happened in Syria, North Korea or Iran they would be firing into the crowd with live rounds.

  • Stephen

    And all this from a Country blessed by Laus, La Salette, Rue de Bac and Lourdes! There is a gradual suffocation of Christianity taking place which in time will lead to the all out persecution of a remnant few. You cant help but think of Our Lord’s words as recounted in St Luke’s Gospel: “But when the Son of Man returns, will he still find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8)

  • Rifleman819

    Liberte, Egalite et Fraternite….joined now by Thuggeurite.

    Wait till the “Esprite de 1789″ fully engages with “les Islamistes”-that will be interesting.
    The hypocrisy of the current French government is breathless….their Socialist ministers have been caught avec leur pantaloons down with millions of Euros hidden from tax liabilities-yet they will use the CRS to intimidate French pro-marriage protesters.

  • Andrzej

    I would have to agree with some of what Matthew Booth says.

    When I read this post, I rushed to watch the video so that I could pass it on to other bloggers.

    Having watched it, I decided not too. The main reason being that I don’t understand why the young people were kicking the fence. Also, the priest in question appears to be defending someone who is being attacked by the police – that’s worthy of praise – but it does justify the police’s reaction.

    Of course, Catholics are being discriminated against in France and I don’t doubt that this will turn ugly very soon. But this video isn’t the best proof of this.

    • Deacon Nick Donnelly

      Andrzej, the fence appears to be a crowd control barrier erected by the police to stop the demonstration, hence the frustration of the protesters. The priest is defending one of the young people, and therefore it is hard to understand how this can be seen as justifying the policemen’s reaction, which is to throw him onto the ground and kick him. When is that ever justified? The fact that he is obviously a priest, a sacred minister of Our Lord Jesus Christ, whose hands have been consecrated to offer up the holy sacrifice of the Mass, also makes this attack all the more shocking. This brave priest put himself in harms way to protect a young person from being beaten by the police, and instead he received a beating. He is a true good shepherd, putting his life at risk for his flock. Deacon Nick

      • Pedro de Luna

        The priest was interfering with the police attempting to restrain someone who was clearly part of a violent demonstration. That would not be tolerated by any police force in any country.

        The kick that we saw from at least one officer was, I assume, as illegal in France as it would be in Britain and hopefully the officer in question will be brought to account for this.

        • PewCatholic

          Unlikely. The police concerned were the CRS…and no action was taken against them for gassing small children at previous demonstrations.

    • Over the past week, the Police have arrested many people who were holding prayer vigils every evening in front of the Senate without any reason, before releasing them on deserted streets far away.

      At previous demonstrations, they threw tear gas at mothers and children who were demonstrating peacefully. What this video does not show is what happened before these young men started kicking the fence, and what provocation from the Police they must had undergone for a few days. I wonder how long yourself would keep your calm.

      The Police are provoking the violence, they have been doing so since the beginning, with the results we now see.

      The priest who was arrested is an SSPX priest. I have to say, I’ve got great admiration for traditionalists. They are always on the front lines when it comes to defend Christ and His Church. As French newpaper Le Monde remarked yesterday, the big movement we see in France now against gay marriage was started as a reaction to Civitas’ own demonstration back in November, and I would venture to say that they too were probably the first to have the idea of picketing in front of the Senate, saying the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, all done in a very Catholic way.

      • Chris

        If the priest was an SSPX priest then he was already ex-communicated from Rome, and the policeman would be relieved know that when he kicked him he was not endangering his eternal soul.

  • Joe

    I have posted on this video clip. Do watch the whole, not just from the 4 minutes onwards. It seems to me somewhat stretching things to argue that the priest was arrested for protesting against “mariage pour tous” …

    There is quite a background sitting behind what is shown in that video clip. And posting it on without a critical awareness of that background does not strike me as being the best use of the modern means of mass communication ….

  • Pedro de Luna

    Since we’re doing Youtube videos on the gay marriage theme, I thought everyone might enjoy this.

    • D Newman

      The problem is not, as that video suggests, that the situation and character of existing marriages and families will change; rather, it is that the social and legal perception of the idea of marriage will be altered, slowly but necessarily. It might sound vague and intangible, but it will in turn affect the grounds on which most future marriages will be embarked upon. In Britain, perhaps the most outrageous element of the Bill is the Government’s surreptitious severing marriage from its procreative element. Even those in favour of the Bill ought to be suspicious of this. (Likewise, in France, the argument is to a large extent over the meanings of words). It means that all marriages are now, irrevocably and according to the law, “a public expression of love and commitment between two people”, regardless of the position which has hitherto been held by its even greater procreative aspect. In other words, it will be assumed by society and the law that all couples have married solely because they love each other (and therefore that they can divorce at its first waver), even if in truth they married, as was once normal, both because they love each other and – more marvellous still – because they intend to raise a family. The consequence will be that the tendency to separate the begetting of children from marriage will now be enshrined in law, upheld as an ideal, and reinforced over time until it is the norm. And children – who have most to lose from these proposals – will be born into families held together only by sentiment, rather than by sacrifice as well, and into marriages which have been established more for the spouses’ sake than for the child’s.

  • Lynda

    One can be sure that Catholics in France are being marketed as “terrorists” as in the USA and countless other countries, in a systematic way.

  • Peter Northcott

    The toxic fumes of the French Revolution are still present in France like the toxic fumes of Jansenism are still alive and kicking in Ireland.

  • Callum Lane


    I am a practising Catholic who prefers the Catholic Herald and never reads the Tablet; in other words I think my views more naturally accord with yours then with others. Having watched the video several times I have to say that I do not see any sign of anti-Catholic violence of even of unjustifiable violence. I speak from the perspective of someone who because of the line of work I am in has been involved in numerous riots, including lethal riots. I am normally the one behind the shield wall with the fogged up visor wondering why people I have never met and do not know, hate me so much.

    The video shows a peaceful protest that appears to get hijacked by some young men and then turns violent. The police disperse the crowd and seek to make arrests. A young man is arrested, he resists arrest. A priest seeks to aid that young man and is himself then arrested. The footage is simply unclear as to what precisely is happening behind the barrier when the priest is on the ground along with the young man less that a struggle is still going on.

    Some of the commentary here is of police provoking a reaction in the the days before hand, that is simply speculation and cannot be reasonably extrapolated from the video. What should be clear to people however is that the CRS are not your neighbourhood policing team. They are the people who are called in to crack heads – their very presence indicates a zero tolerance approach and an indication that the authorities expect trouble.

    Looking at what happened at the arrest. Riots or minor disturbances such as these are extremely volatile occasions. They are dangerous for all concerned. A police officer is at his most vulnerable when seeking to disperse a crowd or make arrests. Inevitably the police are outnumbered by the crowd and it is normally a matter of minutes before the crowd rallies and counter-attacks. Anything that slows you down adds risk therefore if a person does not stop struggling or impedes an arrest force is generally justified. The amount of force being used has to be necessary, proportionate and justifiable. Necessary to do the task, proportionate to the threat faced and justifiable in that you have to be able to explain coherently why you felt that you had to do what you did and why you felt at risk. That risk extends to when someone is behind the relatively scanty protection of a shield wall or crowd control barrier. By the time that the footage stopped there were at least 4, possibly 6 officers involved in trying to restrain 2 demonstrators. That is 2 to 4 too many. Every one of those officers has an assigned role and is needed elsewhere. Not being available is placing other officers at greater risk. The officers are extremely aware of this. I have to say that from my perspective I neither saw unjustified nor illegal use of force, and that is not to say that I do not wish they had shown a great deal more respect to a cleric.

    If we want to be Christian in our protests then we should turn the other cheek. Peaceful protests are very effective – if maybe not quite so photogenic. Of greater concern to me is the lack of mainstream media reporting on these protests and on the Gosnell case, that is far more worrying.

  • Ioannes

    Since the priest concerned was from the SSPX church of St-Nicholas-du-Chardonnet I suspect the Archbishop of Paris put the CRS up to it. In 1993 I witnessed a full-scale riot in Paris from the safety of a cafe (the proprietor brought his tables inside and locked the doors). The violence was almost ritualized, but I wouldn’t mess with the CRS – Dixon of Dock Green they ain’t.

    BTW, they were not ‘protesting gay marriage’, they were ‘protesting against gay marriage’ If you use ‘protest’ as a transitive verb it means ‘proclaim’, as in “he protested his innocence”. American ignorance of grammar should not be allowed to infect the Queen’s English.

  • karla

    Other news from France related to redefining marriage:

    Nearly 15,000 French mayors will refuse to marry gay couples

  • D Newman

    I have to say that I think Joe is right to bring attention to the context of this video, even if it does not make the incident seem less alarming. It is also worth keeping in mind that the demonstrators had already been asked to disperse, that according to reports some troublemakers have been taking advantage of the protest to cause disorder, and that (as Callum Lane says with more knowledge than mine) it is the job of the C.R.S. to be fairly robust about things.

    That said, there is to my mind no question that the very presence, at a family-friendly rally, of the police force called in (for example) during the 2005 riots speaks volumes. The man who sent them in is Manuel Valls, Hollande’s Minister of the Interior, and he has said that it is to ‘suppress any violent action’. Of course this sort of statement, and the sight of dozens of officers barricading streets with vans and fencing, gives the very convincing impression that the Manif pour Tous is likely to spill over into violence at the drop of a hat, and will dissuade families in particular from going to the marches, and in turn reduce numbers. That includes me: I turned up late to yesterday’s demonstration and could not find the way in, every street on the west side of the Boulevard des Invalides being sealed off. The stern mood created by the riot police (who were if course only doing their jobs) belied the uplifting atmosphere I could just perceive beyond their ranks.

    This is not all that the French Government has done to undermine or to discredit the Manif pour Tous. Their most severe tactic being the bringing forward of the vote by an entire month to today, the 23rd of April. Photographic experts have suggested that the helicopter footage of the 24th March demonstration was doctored, or at least blurred, to reduce its apparent size. Yesterday the Manif organisers called in a lawyer to help them to obtain the original reels from the unco-operative Préfecture de Police. The numbers given by the police on the 13th of January and on the 24th of March have also been far too low, even taking into account the optimism of the Manif pour Tous. Yesterday, at a gathering which was meant only really for the Parisian region, the police reported 45,000 marchers, the Manif pour Tous 270,000, and three journalists from the Figaro newspaper estimated 70,000- 100,000. (incidentally, the mediocre B.B.C. report – – omits the police figure for the pro-same-sex-marriage gathering at the Place Bastille: that number, also according to the Figaro, is 3,500).

    More important than all this, however, is to sing the praises of this quite remarkable movement. I have now been at three demonstrations organised by the Manif pour Tous, and near by a fourth, and have seen not a single violent incident, and certainly no friction of the demonstrators’ doing. I have seen no gratuitously offensive placards. I have seen nothing unsuitable for children. I have seen nothing homophobic. I know that I have seen ordinary and reasonable citizens and families, including a great many young people, and also a great many non-Catholics, taking a considered and unprejudiced position and keeping their word to be ‘pacifiques mais déterminés’, and this they have done every day since the Sénat passed the law, and three times now in large numbers over the past seven months. By concentrating above all on the child, by persistently condemning prejudice (there have sadly been two newsworthy homophobic attacks driven by real prejudice in the past few weeks which have been blamed on the Manif, even though thugs need encouragement from nobody), and by making certain concessions, an enormous nation-wide movement has arisen, tremendous I think even by French standards.

    In this respect, the video above does not really convey the mood cultivated by the Manif itself: peaceful, determined, and certain of its beliefs (see here: ), in spite of provocation and deaf ministerial ears. If François Hollande persists with this projet de loi, the way he has ignored this movement will speak for itself.

  • Callum Lane

    What I had not realised (perhaps D Newman can enlighten us) is that the legislation was also supposed to include clauses to allow adoption, IVF and various other methods of obtaining children for Same Sex (Married) couples, and that these will now probably be brought forward into a Families Bill.

    In the UK the argument for Same Sex marriage has focused on the fact that marriage is nothing to do with children and therefore there is no reason that any couple in a loving relationship should not be able to get married. In France it appears they are going down a more logically coherent road which is that if Same Sex couples can get married then they can (legally) have children and that the state should enable this in the same way that it does for heterosexual couples.

    I despair.

    • D Newman

      The present bill legalises marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. My understanding is that I.V.F. will be considered later this year in a ‘Family’ bill. On the other hand, Hollande has said that surrogacy will remain illegal for as long as he is president.

      The entire contents of the bill are about half-way down this page:

      I agree entirely with your second paragraph. The Manif pour Tous can concentrate more easily on the plight of the child than can the Coalition for Marriage, because the child is being affected directly by a series of profound and coherent changes. In Britain, where adoption is already permitted, the ‘un père, une mère’ argument, though the most important, is more difficult to make.

  • fintan michael

    one of the good things about living in africa is that most people regard same sex marriage as insane because they are not subject to the daily brainwashing that the media indulges in. when i visit europe the gay propaganda is pushed daily in peoples faces as being normal and sophisticated and homosexuals adopting children is pushed as the new norm. the real problem here is that these media propagandists need to be tackled. they are the ones who have created this problem. in remote african communities i have visited if such a subject is even discussed people are horrified and think that it is a form of witchcraft. some do not even believe there is such a thing as homosexuality because it is so foreign to these primitive people.

  • D Newman

    The Manif pour Tous is not giving up. Thousands marched to the Invalides on the evening on which the vote was passed. Regional protests are to be held on the 5th of May, and a national protest in Paris on the 26th. A new movement, the “Veilleurs”, has gained thousands of members and holds nightly vigils in fifty-nine French towns (

    Meanwhile, a Belgian photographic laboratory has concurred with the A.F.P.’s verdict that the photographs of the 24th March rally were doctored: (

    and the main figureheads of the campaign are having threats and insults heaped upon them.
    and, in English:

    All these are, as far as I can tell, being largely ignored by British papers.

  • PewCatholic

    I wouldn’t term any report on this subject by the BBC as either fair or accurate. In April, Manif Pour Tous organised a co-operative rally on Trafalgar Square, attended by a fair number of people. The British media simply ignored it.

    • D Newman

      Yes, that is true. Having seen several of these ‘Manif pour Tous’ gatherings, the silence of the British media is remarkable, even given that it is a foreign affair. They ignored the London protest, the article about the 13th of January march had dropped down to the bottom of the website within hours, and they avoided the photographs showing its size. On the 5th of May, when there was both a demonstration to do with Hollande’s economic policies and a 13,000-strong Manif pour Tous gathering, the former received an article of healthy size, during which the latter was mentioned in a single sentence.

      In short, when I called the other article “more reasonable and more accurate”, I was speaking relatively!

  • David

    It is just a rabble. Thankfully, the 5th Republic is strong.

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