Method #59: Interdict

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In 1955, Archbishop Joseph Rummel of New Orleans placed the chapel at Jesuit Bend under interdict immediately after parishoners denied entrance to an African American priest. Rumble forbade the celebration of the sacraments there until the parishioners repented, saying "every human being, regardless of race, color or nationality, is created after the image and likeness of God." The chapel remained closed until 1958, when, sadly, the unrepentant parishioners negotiated a back-room promise from the Society of the Divine Word that no black priest would be sent to minister to them.

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