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After the confrontation with students of Covington Catholic, a band of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine with drum-and-chant.

Nathan Phillips is the Native American rights activist known for his involvement in the incident with students of Covington Catholic High School, where release of a longer video painted a different picture of his role in the encounter.

A day after the Indigenous Peoples March incident, another group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted to enter Washington D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.

According to CNA, a group of 20 demonstrators were prevented from entering the basilica during the 5:15 pm Vigil Mass by a security guard, who described the situation as “tense.” They attempted to enter while playing drums and chanting during the celebration of Mass, but eventually “left without incident.”

“It was really upsetting. There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything. I’m just really grateful that nothing too bad happened, they were really angry.”

Footage of the incident at the National Shrine showed one demonstrator saying that the group had gathered at the shrine to hold the Church “accountable” for the alleged actions of the Covington Catholic students and for the “colonial violence that the Catholic Church reproduces every day.”

The security guard said the encounter was a disappointment during an otherwise busy and joyful weekend for the shrine.

“We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life, to celebrate each other together. That a protest tried to come inside during Mass was really the worst. It’s a house of worship, a place of prayer where people come to celebrate. All this anger is so against what we are all about here.”

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  1. Did Nathan Phillips confirm these were his people? As far as we know, they could have been an unrelated group of Native Americans who saw him on T.V.

    Plus, this report seems very biased. Catholic Masses are about prayer. Nathsn Phillips is a very prayerful person. If he was truly involved, this would have been an excellent opportunity for dialing, communication, and discussing common ground. The Mass can wait five or ten minutes until the situation is unstressed. The Catholic Church had can excellent opportunity to welcome Native Americans as guests, proving they are not divisive.

    “Celebrate Life” is a code for “defend against abortion.” (Roe v. Wade Anniversary). The Catholic Church doesn’t really treat this event as a happy celebration, unlike this article implies.

    • You realize there is a time and place to invite Native Americans to some kind of dialogue right? and communication right? They can’t just stop Mass half way through and welcome them in especially if they are being disruptive. The whole thing was a surpirse. Mass needed to conclude first. Now if the the Native Americans wanted to come sit in on Mass respectfully, I’m sure no one would oppose to that.

      You woild make a great reporter that can manipulate words to make a stort very biased. I must applaud you.

      Lol yeah and “Pro-Chocice” is code for “push to legalize killing babies”. For people who don’t want to take responsibility and want the reasy way out because it is inconvenient for them to have a baby

      • By account stated in the comment section of this article of someone who was actually at Mass… Mass was over he didn’t interrupt anything.

        Which makes this headline a lie. then the hand throwing and name-calling and guffawing. Just Beyond ridiculous for a bunch of so-called followers of Christ. Liar liar pants on fire ucatholic.com

        • You have also failed to point out that the person who commencted said, “not sure if they were coming back or what”. So for all we know, they could have been there during mass, and then came back. So my point still standds, and your argument is worthless.

          And if you’re willing to go as far as saying this article is a lie, why don’t you also question the person who wrote the comment? What if that person was lying?

          Come on please, think critically.

        • Jodie- go back to university you are missing a lecture on privilege and you need to be taught how to think with someone else’s mind like a good little minion. Defending the racists in the name of racism. It fits the narrative that’s what matters. Of course you are not privileged- oh no.

  2. No, Mass shouldn’t wait. Really, why should anybody disrupt a religious celebration? If they wanted to attend Mass, they could just enter the pews.

  3. @gerard berry, exactly. Mass isn’t interrupted unless there is an emergency (medical, fire, etc) Barring an emergency or harm to a person, no religious services are to be interrupted. Religious services are protected- including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Pagan, Buddhist, etc

  4. It’s time these liberals take the board out of their own eye as they bully everyone who is a conservative and stands up for Christian values. This country was founded on Christianity and I am tired of WE people ,who feel this way about our GOD and our country, and what it stands for ,always having to be persecuted and look like we are in the wrong.

  5. What if…..this was a Muslim house of worship….would Nathan Phillips even make it into the mosque…..much less…make it out alive??????

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