Catholics respond with prayer and song when protesters disrupt conference

When protesters tried to disrupt a conference of Catholics leaders held over the weekend in Napa, Calif., they soon gave up when their chants were drowned out by 800 people singing Salve Regina, a hymn to the Virgin Mary.

Aug 05, 2022

Attendees at a gathering sponsored by the Napa Institute sing the “Salve Regina” to drone out protesters who demonstrated at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, on July 30, 2022. (Screenshot from Chris Stefanick video


By Zelda Caldwell
When protesters tried to disrupt a conference of Catholics leaders held over the weekend in Napa, Calif., they soon gave up when their chants were drowned out by 800 people singing Salve Regina, a hymn to the Virgin Mary.

The July 30 incident, which later became a viral sensation on social media, took place at the 12th annual summer conference of the Napa Institute, a group dedicated to training the Church’s leaders how to evangelise in an increasingly secularised society.

Austin Quick, who was attending the conference at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, said that former Attorney General William Barr had begun his keynote address when he was interrupted by chanting.

Quick, a military veteran, said he rushed outside to see if he could engage with the protesters to get them to stop. He said there were six or seven women shouting and playing what appeared to be prerecorded chants through a loudspeaker system that were “mostly about abortion.” Among the chants: “You can’t take us back to the 1800s,” “Motherhood should be a choice,” and “Get your rosaries off our ovaries.”

That’s the moment that the crowd joined together in prayer, followed by the singing of “Salve Regina.”

“Right when the singing started that’s when they left,” he said, adding that the demonstrators returned to their cars and honked their horns. --CNA

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