In our parish, we have [or had] a beautiful large crucifix with a man size figure which stood in our parish private grounds. It stood there for over 25-years unmolested, then about a year ago, it was found that the figure had been smashed to pieces.
The blame was laid at the door of local thugs.The wooden cross stood on its own until it was decided a few months ago to have another figure made and re-fitted. This cost us £300. [about $500]. Last week the figure was smashed again. A note was nailed to the cross that ‘this was an act of good conquering evil’!
An attempt was made to burn down our church. Pews [they are very heavy] were found stacked on top of each other from floor to ceiling [about 30-foot high] and paper etc had been lit underneath the bottom one. By the grace of God, the primer went out before setting fire to the bottom pew, it was miraculously only scorched. We have no idea who the likely culprits are
Our church is a very beautiful building that took over 50-years to be paid for. Though it is only 70-years old, it is a listed building.
Our town is a relatively quiet location, we do not have the serious crime that other areas suffer, nor so far as I am aware any racial/religious hatred. There has been a mosque open in a private house a few doors away. They have been there for the past two years only. But they are not suspected as they are very quiet. Is there anything significant that happens in Islam mid April every year? I am not accusing them, just asking.
We have a very good working relationship with Mainstream Protestant Churches. Our Hall is used for a range of local community [non-Catholic] activities.
There is an SDA and JW movements but they are relatively quiet so I do not suspect them. It is strange the damage occured at the SAME time two years on the trot in mid April.
This is the $64,000 question. Who do you think it might be?
Do you think we should replace the figure?
Traditionalists among us think we should. We are not a wealthy parish. What do you think?
What other ‘Catholic’ witness could we have in place of the Crucifix? Ideas most gratefully welcomed