And the town’s Catholics don’t want it there.
Fr Brian Lynch, pastor of Our Lady of the Prairie parish, gathered for prayer in the park in June with more than 50 Catholics. Two days later, about 40 Catholics joined Fr Lynch as he testified against the proposed monument before the Belle Plaine City Council. Meanwhile, more than 30 Catholics, including members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Catholic Watchmen initiative, attended Mass and prayed in Eucharistic Adoration at the parish.
“Sometimes these things which are evil can really, maybe, wake some people up. We really have to take our faith seriously and live it,” Fr Lynch told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.
Commissioned by the Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple, the proposed monument consists of a 23-inch-by-23-inch steel cube engraved with inverted pentagrams on each side. On top of the box sits an upside down soldier’s helmet, which memorializes fallen soldiers and serves as an offering bowl. [More]