The day after the funeral of Fr. Jacques Hamel, slain at the altar by Islamic terrorists, police storm a church in Paris, destined for demolition, and drag out the protesters. Find the story HERE.
St. Rita is in the 15th.
“I think it’s like killing the priest who died last week for a second time,” one local resident said.
A parking lot is set to be built in place of the church.
Friends, churches aren’t gratis. There are bills to pay. If you want your church to stay open, support it. Churches also stay open if there are priests. If you want your church to stay open, pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and support well the priests you have now.
I received this image and note from a reader in the know.
The young priest is Father Jean-François Billot of the Institute of the Good Shepherd… and was ordained a priest in 2010. In this image, it appears that Father de Tanoüarn is trying to celebrate Mass at the altar, while Father Billot is trying to keep the police from interrupting the Mass. The police could have and should have waited until Mass was over.
There have been many erroneous reports about L’Eglise de Sainte Rita, claiming that it is a non-Catholic Church. The Institut Bon Pasteur was asked by the young parishioners themselves to be their chaplains, after the Gallicanists who used to run it abandoned the church due to its impending demolition.
Father de Tanoüarn thought it was a good opportunity to reconcile these people, who were literally “out in the peripheries” — to be their chaplain, to provide for them the Sacraments, in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Toward the end of this video, you can see how the police move in on the altar.