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PAMPLONA (ChurchMilitant.com) - A judge in Spain has dismissed a lawsuit against an artist who took 242 consecrated Hosts and spelled out the word "pedophile" in an "art exhibit." The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers is appealing the decision.
Abel Azcona, who claims to be an artist, acquired more than 200 consecrated Hosts by repeatedly pretending to receive Communion in the hand at Novus Ordo Catholic Masses. He documented these sacrilegious Communions and posted them on his Twitter page.
, an open homosexual, arranged these Hosts "artistically" on the ground to form the word "Pederastia," Spanish for "pederasty," meaning sex between a man and a boy. He also posted photos of this on his Twitter page.
The desecration took place in August 2015, and shortly after the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers filed a lawsuit against Azcona under Articles 524 and 525 of the Spanish Penal Code, which levies a penalty of eight to 12 months in prison for those who gravely offend the sentiment of a professed religion, publicly, in writing or through other documents. A spokesman for the organization said the act was "an offense against religious sentiments and desecration."
The judge in Pamplona, however, did not consider the consecrated Hosts to be meaningful to Catholics, referring to them as "white and round objects of small dimensions."
A spanish newspaper in Navarra
criticized the judge's failure to respect Catholic faith, saying the judge might as well have described the murdering of a human being as chopping up "75 kilos of meat." The judge also ruled that becase the action occurred outside of a church, it was not directed at Catholics.
In addition to the lawsuit, more than 110,000 people have signed a Change.org petition against the desecration, delivered in the city of Navarre. The archbishop of Pamplona has also offered public Masses of reparation.
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