Sadly this isn't the first time something like this has happened and it surely won't be the last:
Gay protesters swarm Chicago cathedral, police do nothing
BY KATHLEEN GILBERT
CHICAGO, February 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The city of Chicago ordered its police force not to enforce the law against a mob of homosexualist activists who disrupted Mass at the Holy Name Cathedral to protest “anti-gay bigots” who support the Church’s teaching on marriage.
The Gay Liberation Network staged the rally on the eve of Valentine’s Day, shouting and chanting loudly as churchgoers entered to celebrate Sunday Mass. The demonstration’s primary target was Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who has spoken out in defense of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Protesters had staged a similar disruption around the same time last year.
In response to the protest, George, who was not present at the cathedral, acknowledged that the issue is deeply emotional on both sides but, “No matter the issue, Catholics should be able to worship in peace, without fear of harassment...”
"...Churchgoers withstood the angry protest passively. One said that the pastor present for the Mass “was almost attacked and was called a bigot.” The Chicago Tribune reported that there was a small counter-protest defending traditional marriage and Cardinal George.
While it was illegal for the protesters to disrupt a religious service, the Chicago City Council announced that police would not enforce the law in this instance - a move that NOM castigated.
“It’s outrageous that the city of Chicago stepped in and basically told police not to enforce a law for this one occasion,” said NOM president Brian Brown..."
Read the entire article here.
A gang of about 50 pro-abortionists gathered outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal on March 8, 2000 as part of a demonstration put on by the Collectif Autonome Feministe. They began by burning crosses on the steps of the Cathedral. Then about thirty of the screaming pro-aborts forced their way into the Cathedral and littered it with used condoms and soiled sanitary napkins. They also spray-painted anti-life slogans on the altar, turned over and destroyed flowerpots, and generally destroyed anything within their reach.
Sister Rejeanne Poulin, who witnessed the vandalism, said: "They came in yelling things against religion. They said they were claiming the right to abortions and freedom of speech."
The pro-abortionists spray-painted the words "NEITHER GOD NOR MASTER" foot-high letters on the altar, and on the frame of a 19th-century painting. Outside, they painted another slogan, "RELIGION, A TRAP FOR FOOLS" on a pillar at the front of the cathedral.
Amazingly, a Montreal police spokesman said hate crime charges were not considered because "the elements were not there for charges of that kind."
Read the entire article here.How very, very sad. At least at the second "protest" the police arrived and the "protestors" complained of their "rough" treatment (being handcuffed). Apparently they didn't realize that that's what happens when you break the law. At least it's what should happen.