Desecration of University Chapel

Country: Spain

Date of incident: March 10, 2011

At Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) a group of 50 young people stormed the chapel of the Somosaguas university campus to protest against the Catholic Church.

According to a statement of the Archbishopric of Madrid, a group of 50 young people, mostly women, broke up on 10th March 2011 in the afternoon in the chapel of the Somosaguas Campus of the University Complutense of Madrid shouting slogans against the Church, the Pope and the Christian faith through a megaphone.

In its statement, the Archbishopric of Madrid informs that the group surrounded the altar in the chapel and read texts and phrases that, they said, were from Christian authors speaking about women. Then they read a Manifesto which included declarations against the Church and its teachings. Some of the women removed their clothes from the waist up and chanted slogans against the Church.

This attack on the chapel which lasted between 15 and 20 minutes was photographed and filmed by people who accompanied the group, LaVozLibre reports. Moreover, the group left their posters in the chapel.

The Archbishopric of Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in a statement condemned the events. The Archbishopric points out that “these actions are an assault on freedom of religion and a desecration of a sacred place, which involve sanctions within canon law if those committing them are baptized”.


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