Celebrate diversity! Here yet again, you’d hear a great deal about this if the roles were reversed, which they would not be and should not be, but you won’t hear anything about this.
“Video. He shouts insults during mass in Saint-Germain-en-Laye: ‘Everyone was afraid,’” translated from “Vidéo. Cris, injures pendant la messe à Saint-Germain-en-Laye : « Tout le monde a eu peur »,” 78 Actu, July 26, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):
The faithful of the Saint-Germain church, of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), were afraid. Very afraid. “Some cried. Children especially cried,” testified one of the parishioners to 78actu.
On Sunday July 24, 2022, around 6:50 p.m., a man interrupted the celebration of Mass with his cries and his outbursts of insanity. A parishioner confronted him. In return, the man headbutted him in the face. According to our information, he had two broken teeth.
It all started just before second reading.
“He came in and threw his things in a corner. There was a backpack, keys and a phone. Then he stood in front of the altar. He knelt down. He lay down. Nobody paid attention to him.”
It was when he got up that he started screaming.
“He called us hypocrites. He said we were f**king Christians. He said we were fooling him. Then a rather large man came up to him and told him to leave. The other asked him if he wanted to fight. It was at that moment that the headbutt happened. Others intervened to subdue him.”
“He was shouting a lot of abuse. He accused the church of being racist when he had come to pray like a Muslim. He shouted: Satan has entered me! We have to sacrifice some of them… I don’t want to hear the priest’s words. He also said that he was the second son of God because his blood was the blood of Jesus. All this was done by lashing out and spitting.”
“We were wondering what was in the bag”
The priest temporarily stopped the mass. “Afterwards, when calm returned, he asked us to pray for this man.”
Looking back, this parishioner told us that “everyone was scared. We were wondering what was in the bag…”
A fairly legitimate request as the Catholic Church entered prayer this week, six years after the terrorist assassination of Father Hamel in (Seine-Maritime).
Present during the office, Christophe Bentz, municipal councilor of the right-wing opposition group Audace for Saint-Germain and RN deputy for Haute-Marne (52), described this event as “very shocking”
“It is a very serious incident that took place during the mass where there were families. It is the first time that I have witnessed something so violent in a church. The person seemed to be in a state of insanity. He was extremely determined and seemed very angry with Christians. I keep thinking about the man who first tried to reason with him and received that very violent headbutt. I called the police and, while waiting for them to arrive, it took more than a dozen people to subdue the individual, who had a lot of strength. It is very worrying what happened. What will this person do when he finds freedom? One wonders if he might come back.”
The question of security at the entrance arises. The mayor, Arnaud Péricard, assured that he was going to “contact the parish in order to improve the security of the offices and thus protect the faithful.”
There is already a silent alarm
As Arnaud Péricard, the mayor of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, announced on his Facebook page, the City immediately approached the parish to improve the security of offices and thus protect the faithful. The opportunity for both parties to take stock of the tools already available to the parish and the measures to be improved or developed.
“All places of worship in the City are equipped with the same system that exists in our schools. It is a box for triggering a silent alarm. When it is activated, in the event of an intrusion or a problem, it arrives directly on the radios of the municipal police and this indicates the place,” explains William Petrovic, deputy mayor in charge of security in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. It is in place, but it is not always necessarily well used. In this case, it was not triggered. There is surely some training to be done on the behavior to adopt in the face of this type of event….