Church Burnings, Etc.

From Father De Celles’ column in parish bulletin July 25-26, 2020

From the desecration of statues of Jesus, Mary, and saints, to the arson at San Gabriel Mission in California and Nantes Cathedral in France, attacks on Catholic Churches are dramatically on the rise, especially in the US. Some of this upsurge seems to be connected to the uptick in Marxist inspired riots and anarchy across the nation. The attack on San Gabriel Mission, in particular, seems to be directly related to this, as it was founded by St. Junipero Serra, who has been under attack as a supposed “racist” by Marxist inspired groups. Recently far-left activist Shaun King urged us to tear down statues of “white Jesus and His European Mother.

And the attacks aren’t just against Catholic Churches. Last Sunday a Bible study at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly was attacked by a knife wielding assailant, who injured a pastor and 3 others (one of those was Fairfax County Police Chief, Edwin Roessler, a member of the congregation).

Please pray for an end of these senseless attacks on the Church, and an end to all the Marxist inspired attacks on our freedom.