Denver Cathedral Vandalism Latest Incident Against Local Churches
Denver – The Archdiocese of Denver declared on October 10 that Catholics “continue to pray for the conversion of those who commit acts of desecration against our churches, statues and religious symbols.”
The statement was released to media after the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver was vandalized with messages and symbols of hate written in red paint on the cathedral.
Parish officials estimated the vandalism to have taken place between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 10. at least one statue. There were also references to “child rapists”.
The building was cleaned with the help of volunteers.
KDVR-TV reported that the incident was being investigated as a possible prejudice-motivated crime. Denver Police confirmed to the media that they interviewed a witness to the incident but did not release any information about a possible suspect.
“It continues to be disturbing to see the increase in reports of vandalism in Catholic churches, both in the county and in our archdiocese, and it is certainly unfortunate that our parishes are being targeted simply because of our beliefs,” said the Archdiocese’s statement.
As of February 2020, the Archdiocese of Denver is aware of at least 25 parishes or places of ministry that have been the target of vandalism, destruction of property or theft.
“This includes broken windows, damaged and disfigured statues, graffiti, attempted arson, damage to vehicles, stolen religious objects and other break-ins and thefts,” he said. “More than 10 incidents have occurred in the past six months.”
One such incident took place in the early morning of September 29 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder County, north of Denver, when graffiti was splashed on the walls of the church, the doors and signs nearby. A message read: “Jesus loves abortion.
Three weeks earlier, St. Louis Catholic Church, also in Boulder County, had been tagged with “pro-abortion” messages.
“Some of the incidents clearly targeted the Catholic Church, but not all,” said the Archdiocese’s statement. “The number could be higher as some minor incidents are not always reported.”
Father Samuel Morehead, pastor and rector of the Cathedral Basilica, said 4CBS Denver’s attack on the Archdiocese’s mother church “was offensive” and he believed it was “either an act of someone who is mentally unstable, or a real act of hatred against Catholics. “