Interfaith outreach in France: Muslim attacks priest, monsignor denounces “people of the Muslim faith taking control of the district”
The day after the attack on Father GrÃ©goire, Monsignor Cattenoz has spoken out strongly and denounces “people of the Muslim faith taking control of the district”. The facts are taking on a political/religious dimension…
On Monday at around 8 pm, Father GrÃ©goire from the parish of Saint-Jean was attacked by an individual. Struck on the face, the priest was unconscious on the ground until two other members of the parish arrived. This Tuesday morning at around 11 am, Monsignor Cattenoz, Archbishop of Avignon, denounced growing insecurity in the district of Saint-Ruf (while the local authority official in charge of public safety claims instead that there has been a decrease in crime in this sector), as well as the proliferation of thefts and threats towards members of the parish.
The leader of the Catholics in Vaucluse went even further: “People of the Muslim faith have progressively taken control of this district”… before proposing to create a committee bringing together representatives of the main religions, in order to calm the situation.
The local Muslim leader wasn’t buying it:
The Avignonnese Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the French Council of the Muslim Religion, also wants to calm things down: “Before highlighting adherence to one or another religion, we need to see if the attack was accompanied by words or gestures associated with the religion. Giving it a religious dimension seems counter-productive to me.”…
It might even be “Islamophobic.”
Source: Le Dauphine