Christians launch rosary movement to protest America's first public Satanic monument

A Christian group has launched a rosary movement on Saturday to protest against what is described as America's first public Satanic monument which will be installed at Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

(REUTERS / Darren Hauck)Rosaries for worshipers are seen during a candlelight rosary procession outside the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, October 8, 2012.

A group of Catholics organized by America Needs Fatima and Return to Order are set to protest against the Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple's bowl of wisdom, which has not yet been completed. The structure is a 23-inch by 23-inch black steel cube containing inscriptions of inverted pentagrams and is topped by an upside-down soldier's cap, The Christian Post detailed.

The Satanic bowl of wisdom was approved for installation after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to file a lawsuit over the existence of a Christian-themed monument at Veterans Memorial Park's free speech zone. The park allows up to 10 memorials in the area and only requires that the structure honor veterans.

When the Satanic Temple announced the approval of the bowl of wisdom back in May, the Church Militant sought the reaction of Fr. Brian Lynch of Our Lady of the Prairie parish in Belle Plaine. The local priest said they were hoping that the monument would not be installed at the public grounds considering that funds for the structure were still being raised at the time.

For the group of Catholics, the Satanic bowl of wisdom is disrespectful to God. To protest against it, they have scheduled a peaceful rally which involves hymns and novenas.

"The first public satanic monument in American history was approved for erection at Veteran Park in Belle Plaine. This is an affront to God that must not go unanswered," the Catholic group says in its flyer for the rally. "Join a peaceful Rosary of reparation: hymns, novenas, Divine Praises and consecration to Jesus through Mary."

Some local residents have also expressed concern over the upcoming installation of the Satanic monument. Donna Karnitz told CBS that her husband, who is a war veteran, finds the statue offensive.