Irenaeus Sutter, pretends innocence and insists that he does not understand the negative reactions, which include about 20% of those hundreds who've contacted him so far via e-mai.
Some suggest that since this building has been deconsecrated that it may be used for profane and immoral purposes. Naturally, we disagree. It is unfortunate that there aren't apparently enough Catholics in Metz remaining to stop such sacrilegious acts.
Riposte Catholique is one of the first Catholic blogs to post on this that we know.
The French State controls and supports church properties, an unfortunate state of affairs in effect since 1905. It's often been far from clear that French secularism appreciates the hallowed nature of these places and that even when effectively removed from regular use, still have the symbology of the Christian faith, which opportunists love to mock in the spirit of the age.