Four out of the five culture-enrichers who disturbed a Christmas Eve service in Mönchengladbach, near Düsseldorf, were not even “youths” — they were little boys.
The priest at least saw fit to call the police. However, his proposed solution to the problem was tiresomely predictable: “dialogue”. Right. That’s bound to fix everything.
Many thanks to JLH for translating this news article from the Rheinische Post:
Priest Sees Complaint to Police as a “Signal”
Mönchengladbach. Children and one youth, evidently Muslim, disturbed the crèche ceremony in Rheydt’s St. Mary’s church and insulted members of the congregation. The priest has already spoken to two of the five. Saturday, he will make contact with the parents.
Eyewitnesses report that a group of apparently Muslim children and youths stormed into the church on Christmas Eve and allegedly shouted “S–t Christians.” The sexton was able to catch two of the five interlopers. Manfred Riethdorf, the priest at Rheydt, has already questioned these two. “I explained to them how you are supposed to act in a church. Probably tomorrow, I will contact their parents to discuss the incident with them and the young people,” Riethdorf told us on Friday.
Police were informed of the incident just before 3:20 PM. The police took custody of the two children in the parking lot of a McDonald’s and delivered them to their parents.
Talking with the parents of the two children, the officers were able to identify the three other interlopers. There were two children and a fourteen-year-old. The police made no statement on the religious affiliation of the five.
The police had no comment on whether the incident was an action intended to disturb the religious ceremony on Christmas Eve or just a rash children’s prank.
The priest made a criminal complaint because of the disturbance of the religious ceremony. This applies primarily to the fourteen-year-old, since all the others are not of criminally liable age.
The seventy-year-old priest spent thirty years as a secondary school teacher at the Gladbach high school, and wants the criminal complaint to be understood as a “signal.” “We should regard this incident as challenging us to begin a culture of dialogue.”
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