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.
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.
This same Archbishop has been attacked before with a cherry pie in one instance, and a custard pie in another, and has had to appear in court on charges of homophobia, which were subsequently dropped.
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.”
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.
Belgium was the second country in the word to re(un)define marriage and now, ten years after the fact, this is the sort of thing that is happening - an attack on an Archbishop for daring to suggest celibacy for those inclined to homosexuality!
If there is anyone who thinks the whole gay marriage thing is the end, think again.
Of course the sun will still rise in Belgium (that's for Maurice Williamson who implied that NZ passing same-sex marriage won't stop the sun from rising the next day).
Related link: Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water