Riot Police Break Up Mass and Stomp on Eucharist

Knock the Priest down and stomp on the Eucharist:

Cheju diocese has demanded an official apology after about 20 riot police disrupted a Mass yesterday on Jeju island. The police were clearing a path for a cement truck to enter the construction site of a controversial new naval base.

Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was presiding over the Mass at the gates of the site, was knocked to the ground while administering communion. It is claimed that a policeman also trod on the Eucharist.

Father John Ko Buyeong-soo, president of Cheju diocese’s Committee for Justice and Peace, visited the site shortly after the disturbance.

He told that he would demand an explanation and an apology from police.

“To step on or damage the Eucharist is an insult to Catholics,” he said.

The Jeju Provincial Police Agency yesterday issued a press statement in which it denied any wrongdoing.

“There was no violent force throwing Fr Mun to the ground or stepping on the Eucharist,” the statement said.

Woo Jeong-sik, chief inspector of Jeju police, later said it remained unclear whether Fr Mun was knocked down and added: “the policeman who allegedly stepped on the Eucharist said he did not do so.”

More here.

HTThe Deacon’s Bench


2 thoughts on “Riot Police Break Up Mass and Stomp on Eucharist

  1. At least it was not an intentional act by the priest. I would wager that such actions are caused by ignorance and violence. Korean protests tend to be strange and theatrical. The Korean police must have equated the priest and the congregation as no different from the typical Korean protest. (While Korea has a large population of Catholics, the majority are either Buddhists, Protestants, Animist, and a growing amount are becoming irreligious, thanks to its recent economic rise and following of Western cultural trends.)

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