On Monday, ChurchMilitant.com confirmed that satanists broke into a Catholic parish in a Dublin suburb and desecrated the Blessed Sacrament, putting the priests and parishoners in such terrifying shock that they refused to be interviewed.
Posting on his blog last Wednesday, Fr. John Hogan, a Secular Discalced Carmelite priest serving in the Diocese of Meath, Ireland, wrote the following under the headline “Shocking News”:
I was at a meeting in Dublin this evening when shocking news came through: the Blessed Sacrament has been desecrated in a suburban Dublin church. The Eucharist was reserved in an adoration chapel, the Host was taken out, torn apart, and stamped into the ground, while satanic slogans were written on the altar cloths. It is a terrible turn of events, one which causes all of us deep distress. Please pray for the priests and parishioners of this parish, and for those responsible for this heinous act: for their conversion. Sadly, it is an extreme expression of a growing anti-Catholic hostility here in Ireland.
Father Hogan finished his post by asking fellow Catholics to pray for the parish and for the conversion of those who committed the heinous act. The Litany of Reparation in Honour of the Blessed Sacrament that Father Hogan included can be viewed here.
Over the weekend, ChurchMilitant.com contacted Fr. Hogan, asking if he would give us the name of the parish and if the priests involved would be willing to give us an interview as well as some photos of the incident. While Fr. Hogan did confirm that such an event took place, he refrained from disclosing further details, emphasizing that all parties involved are too traumatized by the incident to speak about it further.
“Sorry, I can't help,” he said. “Parishioners and priest traumatised. Articles and features, etc., will make things worse for them. Pray for them. Thanks.”
When pressed again, Father simply stated, “I appreciate your sentiments, motivation & concern, but I can't give info. Hope you understand. God bless!”
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