Monuments Vandalized at Fairfax County Church

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An image of the grotto that was shared by Reverend Bob Cilinski.( Nativity Parish Burke)

A vandal irreparably harmed numerous statues at a Fairfax County, Va. church on Tuesday, consisting of a monolith to the Virgin Mary.

Nativity Catholic Church stated its grotto was vandalized and a number of statues were ruined and will be gotten rid of. Cops are examining the event.

Reverend Bob Cilinski, the church pastor, informed parishioners the church will work to change the harmed statues.

” The grotto is a location of prayer, peace, and recovery. We wish the individual or individuals who desecrated this spiritual area and for peace in our world and completion of violence,” the church included.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay stated the damage of home and “disrespect to our Catholic neighborhood is disconcerting due to the fact that, at its core, it makes individuals feel hazardous.”

” In Fairfax County, we understand our variety is our strength and we constantly aim to bring more individuals into our neighborhood and ensure they are heard and represented,” he stated. “Under all scenarios, we decline this despiteful action, and I can ensure you we will continue to make Fairfax County a neighborhood that is safe for everybody.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has actually tracked a minimum of 119 events of vandalism of Catholic websites in the U.S. given that May2020 The events, which have actually taken place throughout 30 states and Washington, D.C., consist of arson; statues beheaded; statue limbs cut, smashed, and painted; gravestones ruined with swastikas and anti-Catholic language and American flags beside them burned; and other damage and vandalism.

The USCCB started tracking vandalism at Catholic websites after a set of Catholic churches– San Gabriel Mission in California and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Florida– were set on fire on July 11,2020

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, gotten in touch with the Biden Justice Department to act in reaction to what he views as a growing pattern of anti-Catholic vandalism.

” Last month we informed Attorney General Merrick Garland to the troubling rash of attacks on Catholic signs, shrines, statues and churches throughout the nation and asked that the Department of Justice examine,” Burch stated. “Yet, as more and more events of vandalism targeting Catholics are reported, the Biden administration continues to disregard; selecting rather to dedicate resources to examining moms and dads who merely desire a say in their kids’s education. This raises major issues about the administration’s dedication to safeguarding the very first change rights of all individuals of faith. Simply today a grotto and statues at a Catholic church in Virginia were damaged. We once again get in touch with the Department of Justice to examine these hate-filled attacks which appear driven by displeasure directed particularly at Catholics.”

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