During the “Octava” or Octave , last religious act of Sanfermines, the future parish priest of the Church of San Lorenzo, Javier Leoz, had harsh words for the sexist verbal aggressions that happened during this years fiesta.
Previously, Town Hall authorities in ceremonial dress had left the Town Hall, accompanied by the giants and their entourage, the municipal band, “The Pamplonesa” and standard bearers who walked down San Saturnino and Mayor Streets to the church. The act included the participation of the “Capilla de Música” of the cathedral that interpreted works of Castel, Zipoli, Elberdin or Gorriti.
During the mass, Javier Leoz denounced the behaviors of those who do not participate in religious acts of Sanfermines. He critized insults suffered by the archbishop and the clergy in Curia Street, in addition to the sexist aggressions and insults on internet against the bullfighter, Victor Barrio, killed by goring in the bull ring of Teruel.
The parish priest called the sexist aggressions that happened during Sanfermines a “moral misery and depravity of the conscience” and pleaded for everyone to be educated in values that teach right from wrong.
Javier Leoz defined the “Octava” this year as one of mercy and compassion and the necessity of putting your heart before the world of ideas. He shared his wish that “in Sanfermines we leave aside flags, names or ideas and become capable of celebrating in their entirity religious traditions.
Leoz also expressed his concern over the disengagement from some Christian traditions and called for respect and tolerance towards insults that are verbal aggressions to the archbishop, the clergy and Town Hall officials in this “hornet´s nest” of intolerance that Curia Street has become. “A hornet´s nest that has to be erased with respect and tolerance.”