UPDATE: 12 July
Statue of the Virgin Mary in Elmhurst Vandalized; NYPD Investigating as Potential Hate Crime
A statue of the Virgin Mary in front of a Catholic high school in Elmhurst has been vandalized and the NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
The word “IDOL” was spray painted down the front of the statue at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, located at 56-25 92nd St.
Staff members first discovered the graffiti at 7:30 a.m. this morning, the Diocese of Brooklyn — which also covers the borough of Queens — announced. The statue has since been cleaned.
Surveillance footage from the scene shows an individual defacing the statue of Mary at 3:09 a.m. this morning, July 10.
The statue of the mother of Jesus has stood in front of the school for decades. It originally stood at the school’s Brooklyn location but was moved to the Queens location when the two campuses merged in 1985.
Rector and President of Cathedral Prep, Father James Kuroly, condemned the act of vandalism.
“Today, Cathedral Prep endured an act of hatred,” Kuroly said. “We were victims of vandalism against a beloved statue that is dear to generations of Cathedral students.”
“Please continue praying for those who committed this act of vandalism and hatred toward Our Lady and the Church,” Father Kuroly said. “May Mary stand forever at the doors of Cathedral Prep greeting her sons.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD’s 110th Precinct at (718) 476-9311 or call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.
And NBC Boston:
Virgin Mary Statue Set on Fire Outside Boston Church, Authorities Say
Fire officials said someone set fire to plastic flowers that were in the hands of the statue
Boston police are investigating after a statue of the Virgin Mary was apparently set on fire outside of a church in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.
Police responded to a reported fire outside of St. Peter’s Parish Church on Bowdoin Street around 10 p.m. on Saturday, where they found the burned statue.
Maybe they just don’t like plastic flowers? Perhaps they are activists in defense of the little plastics that were killed to make the flowers?
___ Originally Published on: Jul 11, 2020
About attacks on churches.
It’s someone else… until it’s your turn.
This time, a old mission in CA established by St Junipero Serra and a church in Florida.
From the LA TIMES:
Massive fire at historic San Gabriel Mission destroys roof and much of interior
A massive fire ripped through the 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission early Saturday, destroying the roof of the church and much of its interior, authorities said.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Capt. Antonio Negrete, public information officer for the San Gabriel Fire Department.
Authorities received a call at 4:24 a.m. reporting that the mission’s fire alarm had been triggered, Negrete said. When an engine arrived to investigate, firefighters saw flames and smoke coming from the corner of the mission.
More units arrived on scene, and firefighters mounted an aggressive attack, fighting the flames from inside the church building. But after about 15 minutes, portions of the structure started to fall on them and they made the decision to exit and move to a defensive attack, battling the fire from outside, Negrete said.
The fire was eventually called to four alarms, drawing 50 firefighters from the San Gabriel Fire Department and other agencies. They were able to knock down the fire at 6:48 a.m. No injuries were reported, but the damage to the building was extensive.
“The roof of the mission is completely gone and the interior up to the altar is completely destroyed,” Negrete said. The bell tower and museum remained intact, he said.
There was no word on a cause Saturday morning, as fire investigators were not immediately able to enter the building due to concerns about its structural integrity.
“We’re going to have building engineers come in and see if we can shore up some walls to make it as safe as possible for the investigators to go in and start investigating this fire,” Negrete said.
The mission was founded by Franciscan Father Junipero Serra in 1771.
From Ocala News:
Man crashes vehicle into Ocala church and sets it on fire with parishioners inside
A man is behind bars in the Marion County Jail after crashing his vehicle through the front doors of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala and setting it on fire while parishioners were inside.
The man, whose name hasn’t yet been released, led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase before eventually being taken into custody. No serious injuries were reported in the incident.
From Ocala.com: “A man threw some type of incendiary device into Queen of Peace Catholic Church off State Road 200 on Saturday. People inside were setting up for Mass at the time, but no one was injured.”
Si vis pacem para bellum!