Loud screams, and slogans such as “finance abortion instead of cops” were heard as stunned parishioners prayed from their pews. Church stewards and police had to push out the protestors from the Church service.
Loud screams echoed through St. Joseph's Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, while believers, priests and two bishops were celebrating Holy Mass for the protection of life. The event was held on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade judgment that opened legal abortion in the United States on January 22, 1973. The eight or so abortion advocates shouted slogans such as “Fund abortion instead of cops”, “Two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hatred”. Two of the demonstrators wore rainbow-colored signal vests with the words "Clinic-Escort" written on them.
FULL TEXT - Official Statement from Bishop Brennan on Respect Life Mass Protest
January 22, 2021
Today during our Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, a group of protesters entered this sacred space in an attempt to disrupt our worship. I am deeply thankful to the Columbus Police, assisted by Diocesan staff, for the quick response without injury to anyone present. I want to express my great admiration and thanks to all those attending the Mass whose respectful and prayerful response reflects the joy, hope, and mercy that marks our pro-life witness. I also apologize to the families present whose children were exposed to this. On this day, in remembrance of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, I ask all to continue to pray for the unborn who died, for all those who have experienced the pain of abortion, and for those who cannot understand our divine and steadfast calling to champion this cause.