angelqueen.org/forum/templates/subSilver/images/icon_minipost.gifPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:30 pm Post subject: Intimidation at Our Lady Queen of Angels, New York
Intimidation at Our Lady Queen of Angels, New York
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Subject: OLQA Vigil Stopped By Force, with Six Arrested
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 15:02:09 +0000
Friends of VOTF:
I am sorry to report that the vigil at Our Lady Queen of Angels [in New York City] was stopped last night shortly after 11PM. We are still piecing together the complete chain of events, but as an eyewitness I can attest to the following:
A press conference was held outside the church at 2PM, during which the locks on the church lavatory were surreptitiously changed.
Several large men unknown to the parishioners appeared in the church around 7PM. These men turned out to be hired by the Archdiocese as security agents. The parishioners called the police because they did not know who these unknown men were.
All the doors of the church were locked by the security agents, and anyone trying to enter the church whenever the side door was opened was forcibly shoved back out into the street, including me. Police outside stood by while this occurred.
Priests from the Archdiocese entered the church at approx. 9PM and addressed the crowd of about 30 parishioners, including men, women and children, asking everyone to leave. The priests then retreated to the sacristy, and did not appear again…[truncated due to policy]
Francis X. Piderit