This is how one group of Catholics responded to chants of “Hail, Satan!” [Photos]


Last summer, pro-abortion protesters shouted “Hail, Satan!” in the Texas statehouse as the late-term abortion ban was under debate. It was a messy, agitated scene — a battlefield between the forces of good and evil:

Fast forward to this past feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, where a very different event took place in the same building (click here for larger size):


What are you seeing? Let’s zoom in:


Photo by Elizabeth McClung

That’s right!  Over 1,000 Catholics participated in a Eucharistic procession and adoration inside the state capitol! It marks the first time (to my knowledge) that Catholics publicly adored the Blessed Sacrament in their state capitol.

What a beautiful way of responding after all the ugliness that took place in this same location last year. And what an appropriate way to celebrate and give thanks for the pro-life victories that have been achieved over the past year!


The event, described by one lead organizer as “evangelization at the grassroots level”, resulted from years of fruitful collaboration between lay leaders, deacons and priests, the Knights of Colombus, the bishop’s office and Texas politicians.


The organizers have been receiving inquiries from other Catholics around the country about how they might participate next year. Saint Mary Cathedral and the Knights of Columbus (Council 14055) deserve special credit for hosting and providing much of the financial backing for this evangelization outreach.


I hope Catholics in other states consider doing something similar in their own capitols. Our faith is beautiful when we express it!


All photos (except where noted) are by Arlen Nydam and used with permission. You can view his slideshow of this Corpus Christi procession here including the stunning panorama photo from inside the capitol — please support his work!

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Thomas Peters, 33, grew up in Southern California and attended college in Michigan. He has two graduate degrees in theology. He began his award-winning American Papist blog in 2006, which went on to become one of the most popular Catholic blogs in America. He was one of a handful of Americans invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers’ Meeting in Rome. Peters has appeared in dozens of TV, radio and online media outlets over the years discussing the intersection of Catholicism and political activism, debating topics related to life, family and religious freedom, in addition to writing and speaking about the future of social media and online organizing. From 2010-2016 he served as an advisor to He and his wife Natalie live in Washington DC. You can follow him on Twitter @AmericanPapist.

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