Pro abortion thugs have attacked the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint James, Santiago, Chile, during the Mass celebrating on the feast of its patron saint, Sant Iago. The pro-abortion thugs violated the Mass, attacked worshipers, interrupted the homily, smashed parts of the church including the confessionals, destroyed side altars and painted blasphemous graffiti on the walls. They also attempted to set fire to pews.
“We were celebrating the feast of St. James the Apostle, with the mayor in attendance, and offering thanks to so many Catholics who serve the public, in an atmosphere of peace and recollection when protestors suddenly came in,” said Bishop Pedro Ossandón Buljevic, an auxiliary bishop of the Santiago de Chile archdiocese.
“The truth is that we are always for dialogue, for civilized debate. We believe in the God-given gift of reason.”
“Therefore we invite everyone to protest in whichever way they wish, but that they do so with respect for the law, for democracy, and the for the dignity of others.”
According to the Washington Post:
‘They painted walls with pro-abortion messages, broke ornaments and hauled pews all the way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of cathedral. Police in riot gear rushed to contain them, and arrested at least two people.’
President Sebastian Pinera condemned the vandalizing of the colonial-era cathedral, which remains closed for repairs. “We repudiate and reject these types of acts,” Pinera told reporters outside the presidential palace on Friday. “This means not respecting the rights of others,” he said. “They’re not tolerant and are contradicting their own views.”
Independent Catholic News reports:
‘The attack has been condemned by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera saying: “I spoke with the archbishop of Santiago to express our full solidarity and ratify the government’s commitment regarding freedom of religion, freedom of worship and the protection of the unborn”.
The mayor of Santiago, Carolina Toha, told reporters that she “is not a believer”, but held that “the people who were in the cathedral at that time, were attacked for no apparent reason and this is not acceptable”. Toha was among those attending the Mass which was celebrated by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Santiago, Mgr Ricardo Ezzati.
Mgr Ricardo Ezzati voiced “his dismay towards those who have the obligation to ensure people’s safety”. He said: “The intolerance of fanatics and their violent irrationality was a great offense to God and the community of believers in Christ. This was a painful incident with assault and ill-treatment to different persons, and the destruction and damage to the artistic and religious heritage of the main temple of the country”.
“The Metropolitan Cathedral is a public, open place, declared a national monument, where they are hundreds of citizens every day, but in recent times people have been threatened by bombs and other attacks”.
He said the archdiocese’s lawyers have filed a complaint in court against the perpetrators.’
Protect the Pope comment: Pro-abortion protesters in Texas recently shouted in public ‘Hail Satan’ and now pro-abortion protesters in Santiago have violated the Mass and desecrated Santiago Cathedral on the Feast of St James. This attack on Catholics during the Mass is outrageous, but it shouldn’t surprise us because those who promote the killing of unborn babies will hate the Catholic Church for her outspoken defense of the sanctity of human life. Chile is blessed with a president who is such a staunch defender of the rights to life of unborn children. President Sebastián Piñera had the courage and conviction to support a 11 year old rape survivor’s decision to give birth to the baby conceived during the sexual assault by her mother’s partner. President Piñera rightly praised the girl for her “depth and maturity”. Chile has the enviable pro-life reputation of banning the killing of unborn babies through abortion. The Chilean Senate rejected three bills last year that would have eased the absolute ban on abortion. The pro-abortion industry and their political stooges will have their sights on Chile now that Ireland has legalised the killing of babies. St Iago pray for us.