There were tears, anger and arrests outside of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, where two people have been taken away in handcuffs after police moved in to remove the protesting parishioners.
One of them is author and parishioner Poppy Z. Brite.
Im having a wonderful time, Brite said as she was taken away in handcuffs. Im serving my church. Im saving my church.
Remaining parishioners are scheduled to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. on the church steps. The Archdiocese of New Orleans will issue its own statement later this afternoon.
Prior to her removal in handcuffs, Brite shared with Gambit some photos that she had taken prior to the Christmas Eve vigil, including this one of parishioner Harold Baquet, nailing the protesters' statement to the door of Our Lady of Good Counsel: