Attacks on Catholic churches increase following Supreme Court leak – Catholic World Report

The damaged altar of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, NY / DeSales Media Group

Washington, DC Newsroom, May 31, 2022 / 5:49 p.m. (CNA).

U.S. bishops have begun to notice — and track — an increasing number of attacks targeting Catholic churches in 2020. In recent weeks, following the leak of a Supreme Court draft in a highly expected, this number has accelerated.

May 2nd Supreme Court draft opinion leaked in the case of abortion Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization suggests judges prepare to overturn Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.

Abortion supporters and groups have long criticized the teaching of the Catholic Church that abortion kills an unborn human person with inherent dignity and worth. At the same time, pro-abortion groups such as Ruth sent us – who has called for church disruption in the wake of the leak – complained that the majority of judges are Catholic.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which tracks of arson, vandalism and other destruction occurring at US Catholic churches, there have been at least 134 incidents in 35 states and Washington, DC, since May 2020.

Their list does not yet include the latest reported incident at a Brooklyn parish.

May 27, 2022: New York

A gold tabernacle estimated by the police at 2 million dollars has been stolen of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The Diocese of Brooklyn too revealed on May 29 that “the Holy Eucharist lodged inside the Tabernacle was thrown all over the altar”.

The diocese said the burglar “cut a protective metal casing” to take the late 19th-century tabernacle on or around May 27. A safe in the sacristy had also been opened, but it was empty.

The angels on both sides of the tabernacle, the diocese added, “have been beheaded and destroyed.”

According to the diocese, the New York Police Department is investigating the crime of “disrespect and hate”.

May 22, 2022: Washington

The Archdiocese of Seattle confirmed to CNA that St. Michael’s Parish at Olympia was vandalized with the words “Abandon the Church” spray-painted on a wall on May 22. On a post from Puget Sound Anarchists, Jane’s Revenge Bo Brown Memorial Cell claimed responsibility for the attackas well as attacks on three other non-Catholic churches.

May 19, 2022: Florida

10 relics have disappeared from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Naples, Florida, a CBS affiliate, WINK, reported. The relics include a piece of Christ’s cross, a piece of Saint Joseph’s garment, a piece of the Virgin Mary’s veil, and bone fragments of several saints.

While the local sheriff’s office said it could not verify whether the items were stolen or lost, the church believes it is unlikely someone misplaced them.

May 17, 2022: New York

Vandals have beheaded and shattered statues in a Our Lady of Fatima grotto at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in New York, according to a media advisory from the Archdiocese of New York.

May 9, 2022: Texas

In Katy, Texas, a Catholic priest said someone tried to desecrate the Eucharist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. A local Fox Affiliate reported Father Peter Damian Harris, pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, speaking of the May 9 incident.

May 8, 2022: California, Texas, Washington

Female protesters mass interrupted just before communion at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. The women, dressed in red dresses and large white hats, began to shout and unfurl a banner before being escorted out of the church.

In Katy, Texas, another tabernacle was stolen overnight from St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church on May 8. Although an arrest has been made in connection with the theft, the tabernacle is still missing.

Still in Texas, the graffiti reading “Pro-choice is pro-life” was spray painted on the front and side doors of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston.

In Washington State, Post Millennial reporter Kate Daviscourt capture on video protesters lying on the steps of St. James Cathedral in Seattle with fake blood on them to mimic coat hanger abortions during mass. involved a heated confrontation between a security guard and protesters, also captured in a video uploaded by The Post Millennial.

May 7, 2022: Colorado, New York

St. John XXIII Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado was tagged with graffiti May 7, according to police. Messages including “My body my choice” and a symbol that appears to be an “A” meaning “anarchy” were written on the church. Some of the church’s exterior glass panels were also shattered.

At New York, pro-abortion protesters gathered outside The old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan. The protest disrupted a monthly pro-life procession from the church to the local Planned Parenthood. Among other things, a Franciscan friar was heckled and a woman in a padded bathing suit danced outside the church pretending to abort dolls.

The church’s pastor, Father Brian Graebe, later told Fox News“We received a number of threats to bomb the church, to set it on fire.”

May 3, 2022: Colorado

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, in Boulder, Colorado, was defaced with pro-abortion slogansincluding “My body, my choice”, marking the second time in less than a year that the parish has been the target of such graffiti.

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