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.