Statue of Jesus Christ stolen from Castro Valley church

Church isn't looking for retribution, just wants crucifix back
He also believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value.

The church’s parochial administrator, Father Terry O’Malley, believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value.

The following comes from a May 27 Castro Valley Patch article by Autumn Johnson:

A Castro Valley Catholic church is hoping the people responsible for taking a life-sized bronze statue of Jesus Christ from the church grounds last week will return it. The statue stood outside the Church of the Transfiguration, located at 400 E. Castro Valley Blvd., for nine years before it was taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the church’s parochial administrator Father Terry O’Malley.

Church officials noticed the figure was missing from the cross it was

After the vandalism

After the vandalism

bolted to after Wednesday morning mass. Church officials notified the Alameda county sheriff’s office that same day, according to spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson. Deputies are currently investigating the incident, Nelson said. O’Malley said he thinks two or three people may have been involved in the alleged burglary, since the statue was very heavy. He also believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value. O’Malley said because the church is situated away from the main road, an incident like this is unusual.

“We have relatively been free from any vandalism for years,” O’Malley said. “This is the first time anything like this has happened.” The church is looking into putting up security cameras soon. Although the church is hoping to get the statue back, O’Malley said they are not looking for retribution. “That’s not our sentiment, we’re willing to forgive and forget,” he said.

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  1. Investigators are now looking into the possibility that having witnessed a “Celebration” at Transfiguration, the statue of the Son was joined by the Father and Holy Ghost, and they all got on the last train to the coast.

    • Beware of mocking the Holy Ghost…Jesus said :
      “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven”.

    • It’s Castro Valley, how much closer to the coast can they be?

    • Anonymous says:

      Gravey, that’s actually a pretty funny response to a sad story! 🙂
      Miss American Pie was one of my favorite songs…

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Well, Catholic People, this is bound to happen more and more, as the Catholic Church is increasingly shown, by the Obama Administration, CA politicians, and the popular culture, to be the equivalent of the KKK.

    Soon, too, expect priests and religious to be attacked by elements of the population at large for similar reasons. Satan’s goal: to get all ordained and religious out of their habits. He tried once, very successfully, at and after Vatican II, with claims of being “one of the working people” and so forth, to get this to happen. Now, however, there is a Tradition resurgence (notwithstanding Francis) and Satan knows that he must stop this.

    Do you really think, Catholic People, that the “McGarry” type uprisings and…

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      The Obama administration is the equivalent of the KKK? Really? Did you just land from planet Fox News? Do youhave any idea whatsoever about what the KKK Was/is? Any idea at all?

      • Anonymous says:

        Obama (and his adminiatration) actively support the torture and murder of approx. 1 MILLION innocent human beings each year in the USA through abortion.
        And OBAMA insists that ALL taxpayers should pay for this genocide.

        Obama (and his administration) also insist through direct negotiations and through the UN that for poor Countries to receive aid – food, clothing, etc., that these countries must also support abortion.

      • Anonymous says:

        Although the KKK was/is evil,
        yes Obama and his administration are worse in their torture and murder of the innocent.
        Have you ever heard of the MEXICO CITY POLICY ?
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_City_Policy

        The Mexico City Policy is an intermittent United States government policy that required all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services as a method of family planning in other countries.

        It was rescinded by Obama on January 23, 2009, three days after Democratic President Barack Obama took office. Therefore the promotion of ABORTION by the USA through Obama’s personal policy.
        Not only does Obama promote abortion in the USA, but in other…

      • St. Christopher says:

        “YFC” did you take the time to read the post? The language says that the Catholic Church is being argued to be the equivalent of the KKK. Typical HomoFascist purposeful misuse of language.

        If you paid any attention to the recent S. Ct. argument on the constitutionality of denying homosexual marriage, Solicitor General Verrilli agreed that, if the Court found a constitutional right to sodomite marriage, the Catholic Church could come under the “Bob Jones” decision of the Court and lose its tax-exempt status. (Permitting the IRS to eliminate Bob Jones University tax-exempt status due to its various race-based restrictions). The Catholic Church will become synonymous with a racist organization and be treated accordingly. But that…

  3. St. Christopher says:

    My finishing point is: that the objections to true Catholic teachings, and things like the Synod, are all related to the vandalism. And, these insults will continue to the point of physical oppression. Be ready, they are all the same.

    • SC … Copper theves are all over the place. St. Mary’s Cathedral had a historic bell ripped off …thankfully it was recovered. My own parish had thousands of dollars of copper tubing stolen. My uncles church in North Carolina had the same thing happen.All this has nothing to do with Obama, McGerry or the Synod. Please consider that your fear mongering and hysteria is counterproductive to building God’s Kingdom.

      • Canisius says:

        ” Please consider that your fear mongering and hysteria is counterproductive to building God’s Kingdom. C&H I guess you weren’t paying attention when Christ said before Pilate my kingdom is not of this world.

        • I’ve allways understood we are supposed to build the Kingdom of God on Earth. In any event, if we are faced with a crime wave like this, we ought to take action and work with the Police.

          • Canisius says:

            “I’ve allways understood we are supposed to build the Kingdom of God on Earth” Well then again you are a liberal.. you think Utopias are possible I know they are not..because to a liberal the kingdom’s main goal would be tolerance, diversity and acceptance none of which have anything to do with Christ’s Kingdom in Heaven.

  4. Abeca Christian says:

    It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
    Saint Augustine

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