Just minutes after he initiated a confrontation with the Covington Catholic kids, the activist targeted the nation’s largest Catholic church.
The Catholic News Agency reported that Nathan Phillips and his gang of 20 attempted to enter the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Vigil Mass service while noisily beating their drums.
Ed Condon | January 22, 2019
While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.
The group of 20 demonstrators was stopped by shrine security as it tried to enter the church during its 5:15 pm Vigil Mass, according to a shrine security guard on duty during the Mass.
“It was really upsetting,” the guard told CNA.
“There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”
“We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life, to celebrate each other together. That a protest tried to come inside during Mass was really the worst.”
The guard told CNA the situation was “tense.”
“I’m just really grateful that nothing too bad happened, they were really angry.”
A source close to the shrine’s leadership corroborated the security guard’s account, telling CNA that during the Mass, Phillips and the group tried to enter the church while playing drums and chanting, and were prohibited from entering the building by security personnel, who locked the main basilica doors with the congregation still inside. (read more)
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* National Shrine photo courtesy Kyle P. Malloy/U.S. Navy