Fire at Catholic church in Los Angeles investigated as suspicious

It took 62 firefighters nearly half and hour to douse flames at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights, investigators found vandalism afterwards

Fire officials are investigating whether a fire ignited at a Boyle Heights church early Thursday morning was an incidence of arson, and looking into whether it could be connected to other recent incidents. Firefighters first responded to the flames that broke out at Resurrection Catholic Church on the 3300 block of East Opal Street just after 2 a.m., said Capt. Erik Scott with … [Read more...]

Nativity scene fire at St. George’s in Ontario

Fast action with fire extinguisher on Christmas Eve

The following email about St. George's parish in Ontario (San Bernadino diocese) was sent to Cal Catholic on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.  Dear Msgr. Lopez, Paz and Bien en el Día de Navidad. Yesterday at around 2:30pm, I went out to the parish office and noticed our Nativity Scene was on fire. There was a man running around as if to look for someone, I asked him to … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Fatima statue vandalized in Chino

Suspicious fire at St. Margaret Mary parish

Chino Valley Fire District investigators said a fire that scorched the Virgin Mary statue at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Chino has been deemed suspicious. Chino Police Department officers went to the church at 12686 Central Ave. on the morning of August 30, finding the lower right side of the statue with burn damage. “The investigation revealed that an unknown … [Read more...]

St. Felicitas statue shot in San Leandro

Suspect resisted arrest

The following comes from a June 26 article in the Catholic Voice of the Oakland diocese. A San Leandro resident is facing felony charges in the June 10 shooting of a statue of St. Felicitas on the grounds of the San Leandro parish. No students or parishioners were present at the time of the shooting. Eric Mullen, 34, faces a preliminary hearing on June 26 on charges … [Read more...]

Second case of church vandalism this week in Watsonville

Witness was praying at St. Patrick's when man reportedly tossed Jesus portrait into baptismal font; first case involved statue.

The following comes from a November 3 Watsonville Patch article: WATSONVILLE, CA – A transient suspected of vandalizing a portrait of Jesus at a Catholic church in Watsonville this afternoon was quickly arrested with the help of a parishioner, police said. Jaime Solis, 53, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug … [Read more...]

Shock after Junipero Serra statue vandalized days after sainthood declared

Vandals targeted headstones of people of European descent

The following comes from a September 28 LA Times article by Kate Linthicum: Days after Pope Francis elevated Father Junipero Serra to sainthood, vandals struck the Carmel Mission where the remains of the controversial missionary are buried, toppling statues and damaging gravesites. The vandals, who police say acted sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, splashed … [Read more...]

Second attack in a month: Blessed Virgin beheaded, Christ defaced

Are church attacks becoming more frequent?

The following comes from a June 25 CBS Los Angeles story: Police were asking for the public’s help last week to identify who broke the head off a statue of the Virgin Mary and damaged the face of a Jesus Christ statue at a Catholic church in Palm Springs. Officers responded to a report early this morning of vandalism at the Our Lady of Solitude Church located along the … [Read more...]