A picture of broken artifacts around an altar appears under the headlines of the Catholic Herald (7/12/19) reading, “Rise in crimes against churches in France shock Catholics.” The article then went on;
Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock to the community…
Such crime has increased 4-fold between 2008 and 2019. Lest anyone think this is just an American problem, I start this week’s story with these statements from the east side of the pond. But Americans aren’t shocked, right?
On 11/28/17 (3 weeks after 26 were killed in the Texas church attack), a worker was in the Center Christian Church in Jeffersonville Ohio when he heard gunfire outside. He found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. The pastor said, “It shocked me, I don’t know what to think, it’s never occurred here.”
In Arizona, members of Mission San Xavier del Ba were surprised by vandalism. The priest said, “You could see the sadness in the people’s eyes. Everybody was stunned.”
After their pastor was removed due to allegations of sexual abuse, a member of a church in Peoria Illinois said, “It’s shocking. People are just bewildered and confused.”
After a Methodist church was severely damaged by criminals in Chesterfield Virginia, the pastor said, “I don’t know anybody who would want to hurt a structure that was built for the Lord. That doesn’t make sense to me.”
When a monument outside church in downtown Jersey City was vandalized the pastor said, “I was shocked, saddened and angry.” Really pastor? I saw where churches around you have been vandalized many times recently. Why were you shocked?
A 57-year-old volunteer at a Pinellas County (Florida) church was recently charged with conspiring to kidnap a child then torturing, cooking and eating them. Investigators say they found images of child pornography, children in bondage and what may be dead children in his home on his computer. One congregant said it was, “Gut-wrenching, sickening, shock.” The pastor was, “shocked and sick.”
Think About it…
In America and abroad, in all faiths, ranging from benign vandalism to the worst horrors of evil; as long as leadership doesn’t want to admit evil will attack their church, they and the sheep they lead, will continue to be shocked.
Yes, Virginia there really is pure evil in this world.