By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What Should a Catholic Do?

The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre]]Image via Wikipedia
French Catholics back in the 16th century horribly massacred thousands of  French Protestants (known as Huguenots) in various French cities, including Paris. For background, see this link on the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572.

So, say that, hypothetically, I, as a Catholic, wish to erect now in 2010 a Catholic center with a Catholic chapel very close, virtually on, one of the known sites of this massacre in Paris. The Huguenots, not surprisingly, complain about the desecration of the massacre site and the project's provocative nature. As a Catholic what should I do, proceed with the project or move the location to respect the sensibilities of the Huguenots? I, for one, would change the project site. It's an obvious call. The call is even more obvious if I sought to build the Catholic center a mere nine years after the massacre.