Eleven American Catholic Churches have been desecrated in the last few weeks, and one ancient Catholic Cathedral in Nantes, France was the victim of arson.
Nantes, France: Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul)
Begun in 1434, the Roman Catholic structure was built over hundreds of years – and finished in 1891. Fortunately, it wasn’t as badly damaged as Notre Dame. But its grand organ, stained glass windows and other items were destroyed. A 39 year old Rwandan migrant was detained over the fire, but French officials have cautioned against blaming him for the arson. They are not yet certain he is the actual suspect.
The BBC reported,
Three fires were started at the site and an investigation into suspected arson is under way, Prosecutor Pierre Sennes said.
The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, which dates from the 15th Century.
It comes a year after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
But the local fire chief said the fire in Nantes had been contained and was “not a Notre-Dame scenario”…
…The fire began in the early morning, with massive flames visible from outside the building. More than 100 firefighters brought it under control after several hours.
Mr Sennes said the national police would be involved in the investigation and a fire expert was travelling to Nantes.
Breaking: There is a massive fire at the historic Nantes Cathedral in France. pic.twitter.com/QTkPsD0LSr
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 18, 2020
Christianity is under attack and we’re constantly being lied to about the cause of these fires. https://t.co/cGBCE6Tyxz
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) July 18, 2020
American Catholic churches
In the United States, at least 11 Catholic churches have been vandalized, burned, or otherwise desecrated. This last week, St Joseph’s church in New Haven, Connecticut was vandalized with “satanic and anarchist symbols” written in pink paint.
St Joseph’s wrote on Facebook July 17 (excerpt),
“Between the hours of 9 PM last night and 6 AM this morning, a person or group of persons had painted anarchist and satanic symbols on the doors of St. Joseph Church in New Haven. This follows an apparent trend of desecrating Catholic spaces throughout the nation, as evidenced by incidents in Chattanooga, Queens, Boston, Sacramento, and Ocala. The underlying motive of these sacrilegious attacks is clear: to intimidate and instill fear in the hearts of those who worship Christ. However, our cherished Catholic faith has survived for 2,000 years in the faces of many different oppressors, and it is not about to yield now. Therefore, we remain unafraid and resolute in our faith, and we will pray for a conversion of the hearts of those who wish to terrorize us.”
John Nolte at Breitbart reported a timeline of previous anti-Catholic actions in the U.S.:
“July 16: Statue of Christ decapitated inside a Florida church
July 15: Statue of Virgin Mary decapitated outside Tennessee church
July 12: Statue of Virgin Mary lit on fire in Boston
July 11: Suspect arrested after detectives “say he plowed a minivan through the front door of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, doused the foyer with gasoline and set it on fire, causing extensive damage”
July 11: Arson suspected in devastating fire at San Gabriel Mission in California
July 10: Statue of Virgin Mary desecrated with spray paint in Brooklyn
July 4: Statue of St. Junipero Serra toppled in Sacramento, California
June 20: Statue of St. Junipero Serra toppled in Los Angeles, California
June 19: Statue of St. Junipero Serra toppled in San Francisco, California
May 31: St. John’s Church firebombed in Washington, DC.”
When anarchy is allowed, when lawlessness abounds, this is what happens. No churches – Catholic churches, Protestant, mainstream Evangelical or offshoot – are safe in any country at this point in history. In this country we have the ability to protect them, but often people are blind to the danger.
It’s time to take the blinders off.
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