Security guards outside the church in Rouen where Fr Hamel was slain
[Caroline Farrow] The response of the wider world to the abominable murder of Father Jacques Hamel has been in many ways encouraging. As a society, we can still be horrified by the senseless and violent death of a priest. The fact that it happened during an act of worship in a church, symbol of God’s peace, is the cause of particular revulsion as an unacceptable violation of a sacred boundary.
Whatever people think of religion there is still a recognition that most priests are good men, living lives of sacrifice and community service.
It is understandable, too, that in the wake of the attack and public concern, counter-terrorist forces have issued advice to the UK’s 47,000 churches urging them to take extra precautions.
Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner said all churches have been reminded to review their security procedures…
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