BRUSSELS (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels hosted an ecumenical event on Saturday. The service was interrupted when almost a dozen Catholics started praying the Rosary.
The event featured Protestant pastor Steven Fuit, president of the United Protestant Church in Belgium, but Fuit's preaching was postponed 40 minutes by Catholic protesters praying the Rosary.
Of the 12 prayerful protesters, there were nine young men, one young woman and a middle-aged couple. The young people all linked arms as they recited the Rosary together, first standing then kneeling.
Saying the prayers of the Rosary out loud in French, the Catholic protesters were eventually removed from the cathedral by police. At least one young man was so stubborn that officers had to carry him away.
A video report of the protest was shared by Medias-Presse, a site for French-speaking Catholics with schismatic sympathies. The French website also shared an image of the protesters' pamphlet. In the video, they appear to give copies of the pamphlet to curious standers-by.
The protesters' pamphlet stated in French:
Our Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is a Catholic building built by our fathers to be a House of God for the celebration of the holy Mass, for the praise of God and the saints.
The occupation of our cathedral by Protestants to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is therefore a profanation.
In fact, the supposed Reformation was really a revolt: under the pretext of combatting abuses, Luther rebelled against the divine authority of the Catholic Church, denied numerous truths of the Faith, abolished the Sacrifice of the Mass and the sacraments, rejected the necessity of good works and the practice of Christian virtues. Finally, he attacked the veneration of the Virgin Mary and the saints, the religious life and monastic vows.
This terrible revolution was a great tragedy for Christian society and for the salvation of souls. And the Lutheran errors are still heresies today because the Truth is eternal.
The video shows a few middle-aged folks talking at the young people and nudging them, trying to break their resolve. The heckling made it hard at times for the prayer warriors to hear each other and stay in unison. The organist played and the choir sang, passing the time and drowning out the Rosary until police removed the protesters.
Despite all this, the young men continued praying the Rosary together until police officers took them away.
According to an earlier article in Medias-Presse, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula was sacked by Protestants in the 16th century, destroying sacred images which they deemed "idolatrous." For faithful Catholics, this historical fact made the welcoming of Protestants to the cathedral especially ironic and unbecoming.
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