Yes, it happened. I was assaulted at Church last Saturday evening. Traditionally, Catholics are taught that the time before Mass is a sacred time. Respecting this tradition, I sat quietly in the pew, praying before the Mass began. My eyes were closed. Due to priest shortage, we sometimes have Mass on Saturday evenings , and pretend that it is Sunday.
I heard the sound of approaching footsteps. Then, I felt myself being hit over the head with a thick pile of papers ! Someone wasn’t following the rule to sit and pray quietly before Mass !
My instinct kicked in, and I rose to my feet and told the individual that what he had just done, in this sacred space , is considered assault. He offered an apology of sorts.
After witnessing the dueling sacristans, and then physically being assaulted at Mass, I am no longer able to attend Mass at the little chapel by the sea.
At the moment, the church is being purified. Clergy abuse has been rampant. I did not, however, expect to be assaulted by another parishioner !
Lord, have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord, have mercy.