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Anti-Catholic ideologies continue to grasp the hearts of so many individuals, even provoking them to commit vandalism. Church Militant's Nadia Hazimeh dives into some attacks the Church has experienced in the last year, and what the bishops have to say about it.
The Catholic Church is under attack, not just spiritually, as anti-Catholic hate crimes are skyrocketing in the United States.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported Thursday that there have been more than 100 attacks of vandalism, arson and other destruction since May 2020. The bishops wrote these crimes targeting Church property "underscore that our society is in sore need of God's grace."
Just earlier this week, for the third time since July, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver was vandalized with graffiti.
Rev. Samuel Morehead: "It's attacking the Catholic Church for being Catholic in ways that are so stereotypical but also so debasing."
At the end of September, Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder was the target of pro-abortion vandalism, with rampant spray painting and other damage to property.
Mark Evevard: "Sad to angry, to kind of sad again that people would do this."
Saint Leo the Great Church, once a landmark in Philadelphia, fell victim to arson on Mother's Day this year. The grand church was devastated and remnants were knocked down for safety reasons.
Bystander: "I think this is a very sad day for this community ... people celebrating a lot of special moments."
The anti-Catholic movement has become a global phenomenon in recent years, hitting old Europe and a string of churches this summer in Canada. The national media has often failed to acknowledge the blatant hate crimes, which stretch far beyond the United States.
The U.S. bishops are calling on the faithful to "reach out to the perpetrators with prayer and forgiveness." They also called on elected officials to step up and stand against these attacks, to protect religious freedom.