Pastor Won't Apologize for Interrupting Tibetan Concert

March 17, 2004

Source: News 8

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On March 17, 2004 News 8 reported, "The leader of an Allendale church that interrupted a performance of Tibetan Monks says he has no reason to apologize... The monks were performing at the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids when members of the St. Margaret Mary Church in Allendale started a prayer protest. Members of St. Margaret Mary, who call themselves traditional Catholics but are not recognized by the diocese, were unhappy that people of another religion were performing in the basilica. Now, Tibet-Michigan, the group that brought the monks to Grand Rapids wants St. Margaret Mary to pay $200-$300 in damages to make up for the concert's advertising costs. 24 Hour News 8 talked to Father Michael McMahon on Wednesday who is a pastor at St. Margaret Mary. He says his group has nothing to apologize for and that monks performing in the basilica was offensive to God.