Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feminists storm Mass in Vienna

On International Women's Day group of feminist activists stormed a Mass in the adjacent church to Our Lady of Victories in Vienna Rudolfsheim-Fuenfhaus. The church is, according to the activists, known for their involvement with the organization HLI (Human Life International) an association of abortion opponents.

Costumed women ran into the well-filled church around 11:13 , standing before the altar and shouting "You're evil!" and handed out flyers to the church community.

"Authoritarian Institutions"

According to a release of the activists, the action was directed "against the church which is a fundamentally patriarchal, authoritarian institution, based on exclusively male elites and based on exclusions and denyinjg women any right to self-determination ." The flyers attacked "the church's positions" attacked, for example: "Contempt for women. Compulsive norms of sexuality, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial." The activists said in their flyer text explicitly each individual worshiper automatically shared these positions through participation in the Mass.
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