UPDATE: ECHR Dismisses Case of Host Desecration in Spain

Country: Spain

Date of incident: November 30, 2023

Back in 2018, the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers lodged an application with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) with the help of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), following the theft and host desecration by the “artist” Abel Azcona. Now, the ECHR has declared the application inadmissible.


The exposition created by Abel Azcona was composed of 242 consecerated hosts stolen during several masses and then arranged on the ground to write the word “pederastia”. The “artist” was then photographed naked with his “work” and exhibited the photos.

The Association of Christian Lawyers filed a complaint, which was rejected by the court of Pamplona in 2016. Then, The Association of Christian Lawyers appealed this judgment to the Constitutional Court of Spain, which also dismissed the in 2017. The Spanish domestic courts considered that the protection of the religious freedom of Catholics did not justify a restriction of the freedom of expression of the “artist.”  


Sources: OIDAC Europe (Older Case)ECHR (2023)

Picture: ECHR