PARIS: Attack on a procession honoring Catholics martyred by the Commune

In Paris a couple of days ago there was a procession to honor the Catholic martyrs of the Commune, who were slain 150 years ago on 26 May 1871. Among those killed was the Archbishop of Paris Georges Darboy.

The procession was to go to the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Otages (“hostages”), built in honor of the martyrs. It was not to be.

The procession was attacked by left-wingers who threw things and assaulted people.

The story is at CNA:


The May 29 procession started from the square de la Roquette, where Darboy was killed on May 24, 1871, and made its way toward Notre-Dame-des-Otages.

As soon as the group left the square, those in the procession were subjected to jeers and whistles, reported the French weekly Famille Chrétienne.

A few minutes later, a group of around 10 men physically attacked the procession, tearing down flags and throwing projectiles.

video posted on social media showed black-clad, far-left demonstrators punching and kicking participants in the procession.

Two elderly people were reportedly knocked to the ground, with one later requiring stitches for a head injury.

Around 50 demonstrators then blocked the procession near the Church of Notre-Dame de la Croix de Ménilmontant. Organizers asked those taking part in the procession to take refuge in the church, where Paris auxiliary Bishop Denis Jachiet decided that the procession should not proceed to Notre-Dame-des-Otages.

“We waited and prayed until the police extracted us,” the event’s organizer told Le Figaro newspaper, adding that mothers and children were “in shock.”


How many attacks on churches have there been in France in the last couple of years?

If you don’t think that this sort of thing could happen where you are, guess again.

BTW… on the sidebar of the blog, I have an image of Paris burning while Archbp. Darboy is being shot by the Commune as Our Lord’s Sacred Heart and His Mother are pained over the outrages being carried out.

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  1. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Denver’s Cathedral suffered significant exterior damages from vandals in last year’s riots. Were the doors (and locks!) not so stout, there surely would have been devastation inside too. i dread a repeat during the sexual depravity festival in June.

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

    – Ronald Reagan

    Fr. Z occasionally cites an “old Italian bishop”:

    “Less chattering, more Processions”

  3. The Astronomer says:

    It’s going to happen in the USA to a greater degree, sooner or later.

  4. Andreas says:

    I fear that must make a confession to you all here. As I read the narrative about the procession being attacked, my immediate response was immense anger and frustration. Had I been alone here fore my computer screen, I might have yelled something akin to “Fight back!” into the air. Were I part of such a procession, my military instincts would tell me to neither run nor stand fast and let the lions devour me and those with me. Yes, one must indeed pray, but is there not a point where, when one is balancing on that fine moral edge, that one must decide that this time the actions of these barbarians will just not stand? A critical question indeed, as this is neither the first nor is it the last time we shall read of such atrocities.

  5. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    The tension and fighting continues to increase. Though danger and terror might increase in the upcoming years let us like John the Baptist say, “Let Him increase, and I decrease.”

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  7. pcg says:

    Corpus Christi procession coming up this Sunday with the Oratorians- Raritan, NJ has a strong Italian presence- hopefully, no disturbances, but it is on my mind-

  8. The Cobbler says:

    Do the attackers not know they’re imitating the event commemorated, proving our point? Or do they know and not care?

  9. jaykay says:

    The Cobbler: I would say that they DO know and DO care – care that “the lesson” be learned. They are every bit as demonically vicious as their predecessors, and perhaps even more so, given that they must be aware of the death toll of their ideology over the last century. But, as they are wont to say, it just hasn’t been tried properly yet…

    This is an article describing the 150th anniversary of the Paris commune, published before that cowardly attack. It says that there were hopes that the marking of the anniversary might sponsor reconciliation.


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