Chapel 23 Reader

Here's a round up of news on the Chapel 23, the group of 23 who were arrested on Monday on the Sisters' property for stopping construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.


Scott Blanchard, Indianapolis Star, Monday, October 16

David Wenner,, Monday, October 16:

"Throughout the morning, Mark Clatterbuck, one of the leaders of the protest, urged the group to refrain from hostile words and actions. But, framing it as a 'moral' dispute between profit-seeking outside interests and local people trying to protect the safety and beauty of their community, he said it would be a good time for those willing to be arrested for the cause to make their stand."

Mike Argento, York Daily Record, Monday, October 16

Lebanon Daily News, video, Monday, October 16

Marie Cusick, StateImpact/NPR, Monday, October 16:

"86-year-old Barbara Vanhorn of Duncanon was among those arrested, and says she’s worried about how natural gas contributes to climate change.

'I feel really frustrated with our courts and our government,' she says. 'They’re giving in to these big, paying, lying companies that are trying to destroy not only our country, but the world.'

More than 100 people gathered in a cornfield in West Hempfield Township early Monday morning, next to the right-of-way where the pipeline is going to be installed. The property is owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a group of Catholic nuns who are suing to block the pipeline, citing their religious freedom."

Mike Argento, York Daily Record, Tuesday, October 17

Democracy Now, Tuesday, October 17

Ad Crable and Lindsey Blest, LancasterOnline, Tuesday, October 17:

"'The way the system is set up, there is not a way to legally protect our communities and our water and our land from a project like this. And so it comes to civil disobedience where the community says "We are not going to let this happen anymore,"' Clatterbuck, a Martic Township resident, said."

Dennis Sadowski at Catholic News Service and Catholic Philly, Archdiocese of Baltimore, GlobalSistersReport, Tuesday, October 17:

"Sister Bernice Klostermann, watching from outside the easement, said, 'We really appreciate the support we've gotten. When people put their lives on the line for you, it's meaningful.'" 

Marcellus Drilling (an industry publication), Tuesday, October 17 (note: this article is factually inaccurate):

"The nuns, called Adorers of the Blood of Christ, have tried several strategies to derail the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. One of stunts they pulled, in league with the radicals from Lancaster Against Pipelines, is to stick a few wooden park benches in the middle of a corn field that they own (leased to a local farmer), and call it a 'chapel'–which is why MDN dubbed them Sisters of the Corn. The sisters sued to stop the pipeline on religious grounds, claiming it violates a core religious belief in preserving Mom Earth. A judge saw through that sham and threw out the case (see Fed Judge Tosses Lancaster Nuns’ Freedom of Religion Lawsuit re ASP)."

Sojourners, Tuesday, October 17

Keith Sweigert, Fox 43, Tuesday, October 17

WGAL, Tuesday, October 17:

Phil McCausland and Rebecca Davis, NBC News, Wednesday, October 18:

"The General Administration of the Adorers in Rome shared a photo with Lancaster Against Pipelines that included a sign that said it stands with 'all people who defend and protect God's creation ... especially now in Columbia, PA, USA.'"

La Croix International (subscription), Wednesday, October 18

Lindsey Blest, LancasterOnline, Wednesday, October 18:

“'We'll continue to challenge construction to every extent that our resources and passion and commitment allow,' [Mark Clatterbuck] said.

They will continue to be 'in the way' of construction, including risking arrest.

'None of us are wanting or intending to get arrested,' Clatterbuck said. 'We'll resist this project as conscience compels us.'”