France: “First the Saturday People, then the Sunday People”

The slaughter of French priest Father Jacques Hamel on July 26 in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray was significant. The church where Father Jacques Hamel was saying mass was nearly empty. Five people were present; three nuns and two faithful. Most of the time, French churches are empty.

Christianity in France is dying out. Jacques Hamel was almost 86 years old; despite his age, he did not want to retire. He knew it would be difficult to find someone to replace him. Priests of European descent are now rare in France, as in many European countries. The priest officially in charge of the parish of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Auguste Moanda-Phuati, is Congolese.

The reaction of the French bishops was also significant. Speaking in their name, Georges Pontier, chairman of the Conference of Bishops of France, called on Catholics for a day of fasting and prayer. He also asked Muslims living in France to come to church to “share the grief of Christians.” He added that Muslims are welcome in France.

  • Jim Horne

    File this under the Top Rated Comment in UK’s Daily Mail – 1800 + likes

    “I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off.

    However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim. I choose not to be.

    As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too.”

    Aggie Lady, Houston, United States

  • Surele Surele
    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I fucking love this kid!

      • Daviddowntown

        The only attitude that will work with these pricks.

  • caliroxanne

    Because we’ve allowed the attacks on the “Saturday people,” the cancer of Islam has been permitted to spread to where we’re all in danger. Many in Europe happily and wrongly thought that Jews would be Islam’s only targets, and were ok with that. Islam is about conquest. I’ve frequently heard that the Jews are the canary in the coal mine, and this saying is proving itself to be accurate.

  • Dana Garcia

    Only a third of the French opposed the Nazi occupation.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    When you only have two kids why would you want one of them to become a priest?

    • Daviddowntown

      Some peoples religiosity is real.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I know but you used to give your second or third son to the church instead of your first.

  • B__2

    Sharing the grief of Christians:
    “Too bad, so sad. Give us Famel’s church, since we muslims need another mosque and you now don’t have a priest for your dwindling flock of Christians in that church.”