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What is the purpose of vandalizing a religious institution? What are your thoughts on Our Lady of Fatima being vandalized?

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Vandalized
1/13/2010
Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)

The graffiti includes the words Islam, moon, sun, Muslim and mosque.In the John Paul II Plaza, statutes of Popes John Paul II and Paul VI were painted.

FATIMA, Portugal (Zenit.org) - The church of the Holy Trinity and four statues at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima were vandalized early Sunday morning.

In a press release Monday, officials from the shrine announced that in the early hours of Sunday morning, four statutes on the sides of the church as well as the church itself were painted with graffiti.

any thoughts on what the message sent is with vandalism?


http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=35180

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Jan. 16, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:00 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • The message is someone is mad and not very skilled at channeling their aggression - just like when white Christians vandalize black Christian churches.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:03 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • We had a statute a saint smashed. I didn't get the point of it. It hasn't been replaced. It was one of the few out door shrines in the area. It was a sanction to those needing comfort in the middle of the night. I know a few people who spent the night in front of the statue after a family death or crisis.

    We have a 24 hour prayer site, but you have to get the code from the church and sign in before entering.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:07 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • here is the rest of the artilce for those that don't want to click on the link

    In the John Paul II Plaza, statutes of Popes John Paul II and Paul VI were painted. In the Pius XII Plaza, statues of Pope Pius XII and Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva were painted.

    The graffiti includes the words "Islam," "moon," "sun," "Muslim" and "mosque."

    According to the statement from shrine officials, "the difficult work of cleaning" is under way.

    The communiqué added: "In reporting what has happened and without knowing who has done this, the shrine [officials] confirm [our] sadness and assure that the issue has been reported to the police."

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • by: NotPanicking-The message is someone is mad and not very skilled at channeling their aggression


    I do agree this group needs to find another way to channel their message.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • Imo those white christians are not very christian if they are vandalizing they need to check themselves. Shame on the person/people who did this to the catholic church.
    rhanford

    Answer by rhanford at 2:23 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • just to be clear there is no clear word on who or what group did this.

    This is just a description of what happened.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • I don't agree with vandalism at all. It's rather immature. There are ways to voice your disagreements without destroying or vandalizing the property of others.

    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:55 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • Its very sad. Could be anyone though, some adolescent kids, anti catholic people, anyone who is bored.  Luckily Mary has forgiven them and is probably praying for them.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:10 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • I highly doubt that the vandal was Muslim. With the chosen words, it seems designed by a very immature person hoping to deflect guilt on somebody else. Or Muslims in general. I think Vandalism of shrines is childish and hope the person is caught.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:24 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

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