The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado, was vandalized Sunday shortly before morning mist.
The vandals covered the beautiful copper front doors and stone columns in graffiti that Catholic priests call “child rapists”, and left messages about Jesus and wrote “Satan lives here.”
The LGBT slogan “love wins” was also scratched on a nearby statue of Pope John Paul II, according to a report by Fox News.
A witness has submitted a statement about the vandalism to the police – but no suspects have been arrested.
Crews are still removing the graffiti. A priest told me a witness had submitted a statement to the police. Work on finding out if @DenverPolisie identified any suspects. @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/PRAnByPfKg
– Pattrik Perez (attPattrikPerez) 10 October 2021
‘The cathedral’s basilica suffered similar vandalism in 2020 during the protests that swept the county after the death of George Floyd. That same weekend there were fires in the parish house on the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, and vandals spray-painted messages on church properties such as ‘There is no God’ and ‘God is dead’. Fox report noted.
The American Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reports that at least 97 vandalisms have taken place against Roman Catholic churches in 29 states since May 2020.