Church Service Disturbed By Activists

Country: Italy

Date of incident: June 5, 2011

In the parish St. Giuseppe Calasanzio (Milan) activists wanted to harass a priest for his views on homosexuality. They interrupted mass, carrying banners, shouting and josteling. The case was responded to the Turin Sociologist Massimo Introvigne, representative of OSCE for, amongst others, combatting intolerance and discrimination against Christians.

Mr. Introvigne wrote to minister of interior Roberto Maroni, that this incident should one the one hand not be overestimated, but on the other hand, that „relatively small events could inspire more serious ones“. „OSCE is deeply concerned about the severe affronts that are currently taking place in numerous countries at places of religious culture“ and that „follow a similar motivation“. „The growing tendency to attack churches has to be stopped immediately by taking reasonable and serious steps to guarantee full fredom of the Christian faith, also regarding topics that are controversial today.“