Gay rights advocates blocked the entrance to Westminster Cathedral yesterday, preventing people from entering to celebrate Palm Sunday mass, reported PA News.
Six protesters from OutRage! were protesting the Palm Sunday procession in view of the Vatican’s stance on homosexuality. They picketed the main doors of the cathedral and reportedly used abusive language toward churchgoers and clergy. Some of churchgoers were said to have been brought to tears.
At one point, campaigner Peter Tatchell was held back by a member of the clergy, reported PA News.
Tatchell reportedly reproached Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the archbishop of Westminster, as he passed, telling him the Church supported pedophile priests but persecuted homosexuals in loving relationships.
Police only arrived after the incident.