One of the most shocking examples of anti-Catholic bigotry is taking place in the Spanish city of Pamplona where more than 240 consecrated Hosts were stolen and then used to spell the word “pederasty” on the ground. A photo of the desecration was then placed on display in the city’s art museum.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA) is reporting on the blasphemous art produced by a Spanish artist named Abel Azcona who stole more than 240 Hosts by pretending to receive Communion at Mass. Photos of the theft of the Hosts, and their placement on the ground, was then photographed and put on display in a public art gallery in the city.
Even more outrageous, a councilwoman from the city’s Department for Culture named Maider Beloki, presented the exhibit, which is titled “Buried.”
The Hosts remained on the ground until a private citizen removed them.
Polonia Catellanos, spokesperson for the Christian Lawyers Association, told CNA that they have filed a lawsuit against the author of the display for “an offense against religious sentiments and desecration,” which is against the law in Spain.
“We’ve also given the Pamplona City Council until Thursday to close down the art exhibit. If they don’t do it, we’ll expand the lawsuit to include charges of complicity and necessary cooperation,” Castellanos said.
The Christian legal group expressed surprise that a city council would collaborate with the desecration.
“I don’t know why a city council, no matter of what political stripe, would allow something which is clearly a crime,” Castellanos said. “In principle, public authorities such as the city council should be ensuring that crimes like these are not committed, not help commit them. The penal code is for everyone and if they don’t pull the exhibit before Thursday they’re going to have to answer for it,” he added.
The Maslibres.org organization, a Catholic group dedicated to preserving religious freedom, staged a demonstration last night in front of the Pamplona city council to protest the use of city property to host the exhibit.
“Making available space on city property that all the citizens of the provincial capital pay to maintain with their taxes makes the city government an accomplice in what can be considered the biggest attack on Catholics in recent years,” said Miguel Vidal, a Maslibres.org spokesman.
He called it “a flagrant attack against our freedoms and a spectacle reflecting the moral and creative poverty of the supposed artist.”
As of yesterday, more than 75,000 people have signed a petition asking the city council to immediately remove the exhibit.
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