Statue vandalized at Chino parish

Virgin Mary beheaded; eerily similar to separate incident last month

The statue was decapitated on March 30. (credit: CBS)

A vandal appears to be targeting Catholic churches in Pomona Valley, with the most recent attack on a beloved statue at a Chino church.

On March 30, a vandal trespassed onto the property and delivered a blow that severed the statue in two.

The damage made the church recall a strikingly similar crime at another local Catholic church.

Just a month ago and three miles away in Montclair, a person was caught on camera hopping onto a planter at Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church and using what appeared to be a sledgehammer to hack the heads off two of their statues.

Saint Margaret Mary’s Church thinks the same person is responsible for both crimes, and now they wonder if the same person destroyed their double pane stained glass window last month.

“It’s a picture also of Mary that was just shattered by a huge, huge stone,” Hacker said.

Full story at CBS Los Angeles.

See also: Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners hold candlelight prayer vigil after vandalization.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    This is so horrible. No wonder Our Lady cries from heaven urging us to repent from our sins and to turn away from darkness. The Blessed Virgin Mary calls on us to pray the Rosary to help the world change the tide of upcoming chastisements.

  2. Whether the person who did this realizes it or not, this act was demonic. Pray for them as they are in a dire spiritual condition, and unless they repent it could get worse.

  3. This is a hate crime against Catholics and Christianity.
    When will CA cardinals and Bishops speak up for
    our Church & Blessed Virgin?

  4. St George says

    This act was obviously perpetrated by an angry, atheistic secular humanist, pro-abortion proselytizer. May God have mercy on his soul!

  5. How does one know the perpetrator is either a proseltyzer or pro-abortion? Yes,, the individual is disrespectful of the religious symbols of others, perhaps guilty of a hate crime.
    Perhaps its time for all parishes to install motion activated cameras and alarms. My understanding is they’re not expensive compared to the cost to repair/replace damaged statues. Also may provide evidence to earn these criminals time in jail.

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