Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Exorcist

A cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota was recently found to have been vandalized with blessed oil and salt after discussions between the Rainbow Sash Alliance, a gay rights group, and an opposition group, Catholics Against Sacrilege. Earlier in the year, a group of church members had prevented Rainbow Sash members from receiving communion.

Apparently, the oil and salt were used as an informal exorcism to cast out "evil." A man had threatened to douse Rainbow Sash members with "exorcised" oil blessed by a priest, although police have not yet conducted an investigation. In any event, cleaning up after the "exorcism" will cost thousands of dollars.

Of course, I believe the Church is going to brand this as the work of some looney, but the reality is that the Church created this situation. They planted the seed that a group of people is "evil" for the mere fact of its existence. I doubt anyone within the Church will be willing to accept responsibility for starting this but the truth is, you reap what you sow.


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