The news is out: [A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.
The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph’s Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body, according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.
“There was a man, a young man, who stood up and, quickly, went to the front, into the sanctuary, behind the altar where Abbé Claude Grou was standing,” witness Philip Barrett told The Montreal Gazette. “No one was sure what exactly was happening and I saw the priest move a bit, farther away from this person.”
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante called the attack a “horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal.”
“What a horrible attack at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal this morning,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Father Claude Grou, Canadians are thinking of you and wishing you a swift recovery.]
I wonder if Valérie Plante and Justin Trudeau ever had the same feeling for the little children sexually abused by the child molesters.
In my humble opinion, the young man was trying to bring the priest closer to Jesus. A few more cuts, a few more slashes, and heaven would have been blessed with one more angel. Valérie and Justin don’t like angels?