The photo says it all!
Cheju diocese has demanded an official apology after about 20 riot police disrupted a Mass yesterday on Jeju island. The police were clearing a path for a cement truck to enter the construction site of a controversial new naval base. [They desecrated a Mass just so a TRUCK can enter!!! Imagine if they do the same thing and either Obama or Lady Gaga were talking or performing! Imagine the online rants!]
Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was presiding over the Mass at the gates of the site, was knocked to the ground while administering communion. It is claimed that a policeman also trod on the Eucharist. [You can see from the photo above. Makes me wonder though why the priest was holding a paten. Might be because he placed the Hosts there and there was no ciborium available? Maybe.]
Father John Ko Buyeong-soo, president of Cheju diocese’s Committee for Justice and Peace, visited the site shortly after the disturbance. [A Catholic News Organization calls this sacrilege, "disturbance". Ain't that disturbing, huh?]
He told ucanews.com that he would demand an explanation and an apology from police.
“To step on or damage the Eucharist is an insult to Catholics,” he said. [IT IS A SACRILEGE!!!!!!]
The Jeju Provincial Police Agency yesterday issued a press statement in which it denied any wrongdoing. [So the photo above was staged?]
“There was no violent force throwing Fr Mun to the ground or stepping on the Eucharist,” the statement said.
Woo Jeong-sik, chief inspector of Jeju police, later said it remained unclear whether Fr Mun was knocked down and added: “the policeman who allegedly stepped on the Eucharist said he did not do so.” [because the policeman did not know that he was stepping on the Eucharist?]
But Cheong Seon-nyo, head of the Gangjeong mission station, told ucanews.com yesterday that she was with Fr Mun when the incident occurred.
“I clearly saw a policeman step on the Eucharist that had fallen to the ground,” she said. [there is a witness.]
The construction of the naval base on Jeju island, which will become home to a new fleet of 20 warships and other vessels, has sparked vigorous protests from local residents, environmental activists and religious leaders.
Protesters say the project would cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the island, which is a popular tourism destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Why can't we Catholic react the same way the Muslims do when the name of their prophet is ridiculed or their book is desecrated?
NO. Not xactly HOW they do it.
Without the threats to kill..
Without the threats to burn...
And without the threats....and uhm, without the uh...
We don't react like the Muslims, so we must not react like them.
BUT we need a more concrete action that THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!
IN the meantime, please pray this:
O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you", we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit world without end. Amen.