Church takes its stamp off controversial tract

I’m personally glad that such a story makes the news - it’s evidence that a bigoted, ignorant form of ministry is no longer acceptable except among the fringes.

Here’s an article from their local paper.
articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/251755

I find it interesting that the pastor at the church that distributed the tracts reported a response from someone who received them to the police. If someone confronted you and, finding out you were Catholic, read a Chick tract to you, it’d be considered fighting words.

Along a similar vein, a Marian statue was decapitated:

charlotteobserver.com/2010/04/26/1398420/virgin-mary-statue-vandalized.html

One of the 11 Catholic cemetaries in St. Louis was vandalized a few years back - never caught who did it. I could understand criticism and I think there’s valid room to criticize behavior or actions, but what kind of message does this send? Are you iconoclastic, anti-Catholic, or you just think it’s awful that Jesus’ mother prays for us? It could have been a pro-abortion message, too, the garden had individual roses planted to signify the unborn who are murdered.

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Along a similar vein, a Marian statue was decapitated:

charlotteobserver.com/2010/04/26/1398420/virgin-mary-statue-vandalized.html

One of the 11 Catholic cemetaries in St. Louis was vandalized a few years back - never caught who did it. I could understand criticism and I think there's valid room to criticize behavior or actions, but what kind of message does this send? Are you iconoclastic, anti-Catholic, or you just think it's awful that Jesus' mother prays for us? It could have been a pro-abortion message, too, the garden had individual roses planted to signify the unborn who are murdered.

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At my Parish, Our Lady of Fátima, we have a statue with the Three Children and Our Lady on the Church Grounds. A few months ago, somebody smashed the statues of the children. :( (I don't know if it was Anti-Catholics or Kids just having a "Good Time")
Lukily one of the Parishioners owned a company that could make statues and donated all new statues to the parish.
:o

You know, I’ve read some of Jack Chicks stuff. He has every right to say and draw what he wants. Thank God.

However, we also have the right to counteract his rubbish-never, ever with violence-that’s horrendous.

I think he is a deeply delusional and very sick man.

As to those people who dare to desecrate a statue or something-I say, God help them. I forgive them, for what’s it worth-but I think they’re sick.

In my parish several years ago statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was ripped out. The newspaper reported that it was later “recovered” from a nearby creek where it had been thrown.

What was not reported was that it had been beheaded (the head never found) and the hands had been cut off–they were found nearby.

This appeared to be more than vandalism, but those in charge decided not to make a big thing about it. The parish raised money for a new statue and also installed a security system.

That’s interesting. Granted, those are probably the easiest parts to break off a statue, but it sounds more like a desecration than anything. The desecration should be taken seriously - it is a proxy for assault on a living person, not to mention an open affront to what is sacred, ie that which is used to glorify God.

Not long after we moved into our house, there was a car accident at our corner. Folks passing through forget that this is a residential neighborhood and they tend to plow into someone who is turning into their driveway - and we’re unincorporated so we petition the County for a “Watch for Driveways” sign but they haven’t cared to do it so far, but that’s besides the point. I was mowing my lawn when I saw it and called police. After taking my report, the officer asked if we were new, suggested we buy a gun for home defense (not a fun thing to be told, especially in a generally safe neighborhood, but that’s the sentiment in this part of the County) and warned us not to go on the Hospital Road.

He told us that they get calls every few months of someone making noise or there being a fire in the grounds of the abandoned sanitarium or “Quarantine Hospital” as it used to be called - and that they find broken gravestones in the nearby graveyard. He told us that two summers ago they found stones stacked in what looked like an altar with wax and blood on them. The land is technically property of a quarry company and is covered with signs warning about explosives and uneven ground from the digging, but there’s a way to access the hospital grounds and the graveyard through the woods.

I take all of this with a grain of salt, except for what a friend who is a retired psychologist told me. An addiction specialist, he was treating a drug addict and they began to talk of religion. The addict told him about his involvement a few years earlier in occult practices at the Quarantine Hospital, including animal sacrifice, and the group’s plan to gather snakes into a bag and throw them into the churches along our street prior to Sunday services. Granted, addicts may be delusional or they may have underlying pathologies that would induce them to lie, but it’s still chilling.

I think it would help if the media didn’t either tend to belittle religious faith, or attempt to remake the Catholic Church into some sort of agnostic social services network. They don’t understand the forces we’re dealing with.

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