Some years ago I had to stop reserving the Blessed Sacrament at the church I had in Italy because of break ins. The area is a well-known zone of satanic activity. There are also many drug users. These will two groups will overlap: people break into church and then sell the Blessed Sacrament to satanists.
The following story is about a church break in during which only a ciborium with Hosts was taken from a tabernacle. The fact that this was the only thing taken points to some satantic cult, rather than a prank or mere desire for something to sell.
From the thetimes-tribune.com
Carbondale Church desecrated by theft
BY JEREMY G. BURTON (STAFF WRITER)
Published: August 6, 2010
A golden container and the hosts for Holy Communion inside it were stolen during an overnight break-in Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale.
Called the ciborium, it was the only thing taken.
The theft rendered the building desecrated under Catholicism, in which practitioners believe the hosts change into the body of Jesus Christ. On Wednesday afternoon, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera led a ritual ceremony and celebrated Mass to rededicate and bless St. Rose.
Monsignor David L. Tressler, the church’s pastor, described the Catholic community as stunned and hurt. There is a "real sense of violation," and it is all the more disheartening because the thief targeted the hosts, which are at the heart of the religion’s identity, he said.
There were certainly more valuable items. "Once they were in the church, they could’ve had a field day," Monsignor Tressler said.
The thief broke into the church through a window sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday and then walked out the front doors, Monsignor Tressler said.
Further information from Carbondale police was unavailable.
The ciborium is a gold metallic cup with a lid, about 6 to 8 inches tall. It was taken from the locked tabernacle.
For security, the tabernacle’s lock has been changed, and the church will now be closed immediately after the daily noon Mass, Monsignor Tressler said. Typically, the building closed at 2 p.m.
The community uses the church too frequently to limit access during the morning, Monsignor Tressler said.
"I don’t want to punish all the people because of this one situation," he said.
During Bishop Bambera’s ceremony to cleanse St. Rose, the altar was stripped bare and special prayers were said, according to a Diocese of Scranton statement about the theft. The bishop blessed the altar, tabernacle, walls of the church and the people with holy water.
In his homily, according to the diocese, Bishop Bambera expressed hope that whoever stole the ciborium would return it and seek forgiveness for the crime.
This certainly would fall into the category of graviora delicta if the person who did this was not in some way mentally impaired. Generally these thefts occur because the Hosts are desired for filthy and diabolical reasons.
I ask the readers to make some act of reparation today, perhaps through fasting and or almsgiving, as well as prayer for the thief who – if acting in such malice – risks roasting for eternity in the deep cinders of hell.