Chicago, Mar 24, 2008 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- Six people protesting the war in Iraq were arrested after they disrupted an Easter Mass at Chicago’s cathedral and threw fake blood at parishioners, the Chicago Tribune reports.It makes me wonder what I would have done if I had been there. Afterall, I walk out of political sermons more often than I sit through them... I don't need politics on Sunday from the pulpit. I need the Word.
The protesters stood and shouted at the beginning of Cardinal Francis George’s homily in the auditorium at Holy Name Cathedral. As ushers and security guards tried to remove them from the area, the protesters squirted fake blood on themselves and parishioners dressed in their Easter best.
Some of the 600 worshippers in attendance booed the protesters. The demonstrators, who call themselves “Catholic Schoolgirls for Peace,” chanted as they were removed, saying, "Even the pope calls for peace."
A small number of worshippers followed the protesters into the lobby to berate them for their actions.Not sure it's about the little chillin's, but I am glad some congregation members got in their faces. Perhaps we should turn the other cheek. But, it is one thing to make a political statement outside of a religious venue. It is another to disrupt a place of worship in the middle of mass on a holy day such as Easter. That is neither the time nor the place.
"Are you happy with yourselves?" Mike Wainscott of Chicago shouted at the demonstrators as they were being handcuffed. "There were kids in there. You scared little kids with your selfish act. Are you happy now?"
The anti-war movement becomes less and less attractive by the minute. I think the question should be, "Are you proud of yourselves?"