Apparently the power of Christ compelled them…
Perhaps they are equating homos with Linda Blair now. If you’re gay and Catholic and dare to want to receive communion, you’re not going to get a great reception at a church in Minnesota, where police are looking at evidence of an exorcism over this. The age of tolerance is spreading… (KSTP-TV):
“Police are investigating an informal exorcism at the Cathedral of St. Paul, which was directed at gay Roman Catholics and will cost thousands of dollars to clean up, police and church officials said.
They said the ritualistic sprinkling of blessed oil and salt around the church and in donation boxes earlier this month amounted to costly vandalism and possibly a hate crime.
The damage was discovered Nov. 7 after the noon Mass, and after words were exchanged between members of the Rainbow Sash Alliance, a gay rights group, and the opposing group, Catholics Against Sacrilege.
Police speculate the damage could have been done anytime between late Saturday afternoon and during the Mass itself.
The groups are at odds over gays participating in communion, one of the holiest rites in the church. Earlier this year, about 40 men, members of the group Ushers of the Eucharist, knelt in the aisles at the Cathedral to block Rainbow members from taking communion.
The Rev. Michael Skluzacek, rector of the cathedral, said he immediately understood the symbolism when he was told that someone had sprinkled the oil and salt around the church.
‘It’s a sign of exorcism,’ he told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. ‘It’s a sign of casting out the power of evil.'”
He said salt is used to bless holy water, and the oil, once it is blessed by a bishop, is used for consecrations. By sprinkling the salt and oil, he said, the vandals thought they were making the church holy again.
“Regardless of why they did it, it was a very disruptive act,” Skluzacek said.
He estimated the clean up cost at thousands of dollars, involving crews working three days to remove the oil and salt and cleaning the doors, steps and boxes.
A report was filed with St. Paul police, who said the case could be prosecuted as a hate crime if someone is arrested.
“It does have an element of hate and bias to it,” said police spokesman Paul Schnell, who noted that the incident seemed aimed to coincide with the presence of the Rainbow Sash group.
Schnell said police have no leads, but several religious people familiar with the case said it is probably the work of fringe Catholics who advocate using sacramentals, or holy objects, to cleanse places where gays take communion.
House Blend reader Paul pointed me to this.