Denver Archbishop Decries Rampant Church Vandalism

Denver Archbishop Decries Rampant Church Vandalism


More than 25 Catholic parishes and ministry centers in and around Denver have been vandalized, looted, targeted by arson or desecrated in the past 21 months, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila reported Thursday.

In a Washington Post op-ed coauthored with Tim Busch, chairman of the Napa Institute, Archbishop Aquila notes that the Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was recently profaned with the words “Satan lives here” spray-painted in blood-red on the main bronze double doors.

Along with this message were other “hateful graffiti,” the archbishop writes, including swastikas, scattered across the cathedral grounds.

Anti-Catholic vandalism is so widespread in the U.S. now that one would “have to go back to the early 20th or late 19th centuries, when an influx of Catholic

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