This article appeared in Midi Libre a local paper that serves the city of Carcassonne on May 27, 2012:
Yesterday at 6:20 p.m., while abbé Roger Barthès was beginning to celebrate Mass, four young persons, ages 14 - 18, burst into the Saint-Joseph church, and threw handfuls of stones at the 150 members of the congregation. Men immediately chased after the young trouble-makers, but in vain. They managed to disappear, headed in the direction of the La Conte housing project.
After this unfortunate unexpected interruption, the Mass finally continued to its conclusion. If no one was injured and nothing broken in the church on avenue Jean-Moulin, the parishioners, including many older persons, were profoundly shocked by the not very respectful action of these young Maghrebins. One of the parishioners even went to the police station yesterday evening to relate what had happened and to show one of the stones…
This affair bears a strange resemblance to the stoning of the parishioners of the Saint-Jacques church in the neighborhood of le Viguier on November 2, 2010. That day, a statue of the virgin had been slightly damaged. A reminder too that a reconciliation Mass had been celebrated by the bishop of Carcassonne and Narbonne a few days later, in the presence of the imam of le Viguier, Mohamed Hanou…
At Nations Presse Robert Morio (photo below), federal secretary of the Front National of the department of l'Aude notes the anti-Christian nature of the act:
For the second time, a church has been attacked in Carcassonne by Maghrebins. Their hatred of France is also a hatred of Christians. Once again, a church near a difficult neighborhood with a large population of immigrants is the target of an attack. After the attacks every Sunday on the Saint-Jacques parish, it is the Saint-Joseph church that is targeted.
Holy Mass was desecrated by a group of young men, armed with stones, who attacked the faithful in prayer, in the middle of the service, inside the church.
This premeditated act, that fortunately did not injure anyone, is an act of hatred and of pressure on the Catholics of this neighborhood.
It is not only in Egypt or in Nigeria that Christians are persecuted, but in Carcassonne as well.
Who armed these practitioners of terror, in a neighborhood that has already experienced the population replacement desired by our governments both of the right and the left?
Robert Morio and the Front National are supporting the congregation of this parish, victims of an anti-Christian attack during the period of Pentecost.
Racism is not where the media say it is.
Update: May 30 - Click here for my 2010 post on the attack on the Saint-Jacques church in Carcassonne.
Labels: Christianity, Church Destruction, Crime, Immigration, Religion