Brussels, Belgium - Four semi-nude feminist protestors attacked Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard
of Malinas-Brussels during a recent conference on freedom of expression.
The four women, who belong to the radical group Femen
, removed their shirts and used plastic bottles similar those used by pilgrims at Lourdes
to throw water at the archbishop while shouting insults and making violent gestures.
The women painted their bodies with the phrases, “My body, my rules” and “God loves lesbians.” They also carried a sign which read, “Stop homophobia.”
Archbishop Leonard remained silently in prayer until security officials were able to intervene and remove the protestors.
After the incident, the archbishop picked up one of the bottles, which was shaped in the image of the Virgin Mary, and kissed it as a sign of reparation.