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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Women Brawl During Catholic Mass

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Holy war! In Mission Terrace!
  • Holy war! In Mission Terrace!
The phrase "can I get a witness?" took on a somewhat different meaning at a San Francisco church this weekend, when two women engaged in bit of a holy war -- and the police were summoned.

The incident took place in the lobby of Corpus Christi Church in Mission Terrace. As with so many religiously themed conflicts before it, Sunday's noontime fracas was touched off by one party attempting to silence another.

A churchgoer and her family were talking amongst themselves. A second woman told her she was making too much noise. The first woman -- "the victim," as the police report puts it -- replied that, if the other lady wanted to hear the mass, she should get out of the lobby and sit herself in the sanctuary.

Tempers flared, and the church was soon home to a Lou Piniella-vs.-umpire-style shoving match.

By the time "the victim" called the cops, "the suspect" had split. Like so many religious conflicts, this one will simmer, as the "victim" said she'd ring the cops again when she next saw "the suspect." -- and justice, justice she shall pursue.

Incidentally, between this and St. Michael's having its 600-pound bell stolen, this has not been the best of times for San Francisco's Catholic churches.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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