Catholic Youth Association Condemns Profaning of Image of Virgin Mary in Facebook Post

Country: Poland

Date of incident: September 25, 2019

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Media

In a written statement, the Catholic Youth Association condemned Adam Nergal Darski, the frontman of Polish extreme metal band 'Behemoth,' for his September 25th post on Facebook depicting him trampling on a devotional image of the Virgin Mary.

The Facebook post on the musician's personal page and which received notable attention online, drew mixed responses of approval and condemnation.

In a its statement, the National Council of the Catholic Youth Association (KSM) said:

"We honor Our Lady with respect and reverence; through her, we pray to God. Mary is so important in our lives that we express this even in the emblem of our association," the members of KSM wrote. "Our duty and the need for our hearts is to defend Our Lady and our Mother, and to pray for this insult. We do not approve of the profanation of the image of Our Lady and the desecration of symbols of the Saints."

Patryk Czech, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Council of the KSM, stressed that young believers cannot be indifferent to such an outrageous attack on Mary. "We feel the daily care of Our Lady and her presence in our lives, which is why this expression of contempt for her and believers hurts us so much," he said.

Sources: Stacja7 and Facebook page of Adam Nergal Darski