Another statue toppled, cathedral set on fire as desecration continues By Doug Mainwaring for Life Site News
An statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in New York and a suspicious blaze in Australia are the latest attacks on Catholic property.
Desecration of Catholic churches and symbols of the faith continues with reports emerging this week from opposite ends of the Earth.
In the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace.
A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized at Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace. Praying for the church, as parishioners come together to raise funds to repair the statue important to the whole #ConeyIsland community. @TabletNewspaper https://t.co/aBkhpnClbF
— Diocese of Brooklyn (@BrooklynDiocese) September 16, 2020
In a video posted by Currents News, a man can be seen climbing behind a fence at the front of the Coney Island church in broad daylight, tearing down the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and tossing it onto the sidewalk below.
As a result, the Blessed Mother’s face was smashed and her hands were broken off.
“To attack the Blessed Mother on the day of 9/11, in the morning, in broad daylight is not only brazen, it is a direct assault on the faith of the people who were walking by that day who wanted to have a moment of prayer,” said John Quaglione, a representative of the Diocese of Brooklyn in a televised interview with CBSNewYork.
The statute was valued at $4,000, and its desecration has reportedly hit the financially struggling parish hard.
Police are still looking for the culprit whose face is clearly visible in still pictures derived from the video.