A second Colorado church was vandalized in less than two weeks, this time with Nazi symbols and “Satan lives here” spray-painted in red on its doors and walls.
KDVR News 31 reports parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver discovered the vandalism early Sunday morning. Swastikas, “Satan lives here,” “white supremacists” and other phrases and hate symbols were spray-painted across the church doors, walls, columns and statues.
The Rev. Samuel Morehead told The Denver Channel that the basilica has been vandalized three times since July, but this was the worst by far.
“It was offensive,” Morehead said. “I mean, this was either an act by somebody who is mentally unstable or a true act of hate against Catholics.”
The Denver Police Department confirmed it is investigating. Several reports noted that a witness saw a potential suspect and there is evidence on a security camera as well.
Local news outlets reported that crews had most of the vandalism cleaned up by the end of the day Sunday.
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The Archdiocese of Denver released a statement condemning the spate of vandalism against Catholic churches and ministries in recent months.
“We continue to pray for the conversion of those who carry out acts of desecration against our churches, statues and religious symbols,” the diocese said.
At least 25 crimes of vandalism, property destruction or theft were reported at parishes and ministries in the archdiocese since February 2020, including more than 10 in the past six months, the diocese said.
Another major vandalism incident occurred Sept. 29 at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder. There, parishioners discovered smashed stained-glass windows, slashed tires and graffiti on the church maintenance truck, broken crosses, eggs smashed onto walls and spray-paint on signs, church walls, vehicles and statues.
Pro-abortion graffiti that reads “Jesus [heart]s abortion,” “hands off my uterus,” “my body my choice” and “no wire hangers ever” was spray-painted on the church walls, vehicles and signs, according to the local news reports.
Threats, vandalism, violence and other incidents targeting pro-lifers have been growing in recent years. Catholic Churches also have reported an increase in vandalism and other crimes.
LifeNews has been keeping track of these reports. Incidents this year include:
England – Abortion Activists Destroy Student Pro-Life Display at Oxford University Fair (Cherwell) (The Telegraph)
Pro-Lifers Assaulted, Pregnant Woman Shoved to the Ground at Women’s Marches (Students for Life)
Iowa – Abortion Activist Vandalizes Pro-Life Sign, Accosts Pro-Life Student (Campus Reform)
California – Pepperdine University students vandalize pro-life display, rip down crosses (Fox News)
Texas – Young Pro-Life Advocate Assaulted at Houston Pro-Life Event (TFP Student Action)
Ohio – Police Remove Screaming Pro-Abortion Protesters from State Senate Chamber (FOX 55/AP)
Switzerland – Three Pro-Life Organizations Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti ahead of National Pro-Life March (Evangelical Focus Europe)
California – Eggs Thrown at Pro-Life Candidate Larry Elder, Staffer Hit in Face (Fox News)
Colorado – Vandals Deface Boulder County Catholic Church with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Washington Times)
New York – Police Arrest Two Abortion Activists for Allegedly Blocking Pro-Life Prayer Rally (National Review)
Connecticut – Pro-Life Billboard in Barkhamsted Vandalized with “Get an Abortion” and Coat Hangers (ProLife Across America)
Poland – Pro-Life Billboard Showing Abortion Victims Gets Vandalized about Once a Week (The Calvert Journal)
Arizona – Students for Life: Planned Parenthood Volunteers Steal Pro-Life Students’ Bags (Students for Life blog)
Oregon – Antifa Tries to Disrupt Pro-Life Prayer Group with Violence outside Planned Parenthood (Citizen Stringer), Andy Ngo (video, video, video)
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
Texas – Pro-Life Aggies’ Sign Ripped Down, Replaced with Signs Advertising Planned Parenthood (National Right to Life News)
Canada – Church Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic)
Washington, D.C. – Man Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors (Students for Life)
Argentina – Female Judge Receives Multiple Death Threats after Blocking Pro-Abortion Law (Crux)
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