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Published On: Thu, Apr 25th, 2013

Naked FEMEN protesters dump water on Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, church is homophobic

A group of topless protesters Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard while he was speaking in Brussels, dumping water on him from bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary.

Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard  under attack from FEMENTuesday the feminist protesters from the Ukranian-based FEMEN group, which is known for organizing topless protests against the Catholic Church and others, targeted the event.

According to AFP, the four protesters charged the archbishop during “a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the Brussels’ Free University (ULB) campus Tuesday evening, baring their breasts and squirting water at Archbishop Andre Leonard as they accused him of homophobia.”

Photos of the event show Leonard patiently sitting quietly with his eyes closed and hands folded in prayer as the women empty bottles of water on his head and clothes.

Security guards forcibly removed the protesters who held up a sign that read, “Stop Homophobia.”

Afterward, the FEMEN website characterized the protest as an “attack” on “one of the main European preachers of homophobia,” meant to mark France’s legalization of gay marriage on Tuesday.

The Church later responded to the incident in a statement depicting the protest as “the attitude of a few persons… in total contradiction with the theme of the debate and with the manner in which the Catholic Church hopes for dialogue.”

Leonard had told a Belgian newspaper in March that homosexuality is “a given that people find in themselves and whose origins remain somewhat mysterious,” and said he urges Christian homosexuals to adopt a life of celibacy.

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  1. […] Because, As the Headline Says: “Church Is Homophobic” […]

  2. […] Earlier this week, four feminist protesters from the group FEMEN were arrested in Belgium for dumping water on Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard as they accused him of homophobia. Source: http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/naked-femen-protesters-dump-water-on-archbishop-andre-joseph-leonar… […]

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