Worshippers Defy Alleged Threat To Bomb Church

Category:  Historical Reprints
SourceThe Palm Beach Post, 9 Mar 1953, Mon, Page 20

Worshippers Defy Alleged Threat
To Bomb Church

BOISCHATEL, Que., March 9 (UP) — Roman Catholics defied an alleged Communist threat to bomb their church here and prayed today under police protection.

Plainclothesmen mingled with worshippers, and despite the reported threat, parishioners filled the church.

Police also took up a vigil outside, carefully scrutinizing faces, watching for any strangers in this small village seven miles from Quebec City.

The Rev. Pierre Gravel told the congregation in his sermon that Communists had threatened to bomb the church in reprisal against a member of the parish, a former Communist who has confessed and exposed his party associates.

Police protection had been ordered by Premier Maurice Duplessis.

Before services began, the priest told the United Press he had a good idea who sent him the threatening letter, but he refused to elaborate.

He said the Communists were “frantic” because Pat Walsh, a member of the congregation and confessed former Communist, broke with the party last week and began exposing his collaborators.

In his sermon, the priest described communism as “the worst heresy of our modern times, and we must fight it, not be afraid of it.”

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