Notre Dame Cathedral Seized, Priest Hurt, Gay Mock Wedding Performed
Date of incident: June 5, 2005
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Morals
Area of case: Private
On Sunday June 5th, priest Monsignor Patrick Jacquin was hurt in Notre Dame Cathedral when about twenty members of the association ‘Act Up’ burst into the cathedral, defying the security personnel, in order to perform a mock marriage of two lesbians.Dressed as a priest, one activist pronounced the two women married while other members followed by saying, “Pope Benedict XVI, homophobe, Aids accomplice.”
In the aftermath of the activists’ persecution, Monsignor Patrick Jacquin said of the incident, "They are savages. I was pushed to the ground and trampled, kicked in the neck. It is a scandal for these people to lash out at me and the pope”.