A second Colorado church was vandalized in less than two weeks, this time with Nazi symbols and “Satan lives here” spray-painted in red on its doors and walls.
KDVR News 31 reports parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver discovered the vandalism early Sunday morning. Swastikas, “Satan lives here,” “white supremacists” and other phrases and hate symbols were spray-painted across the church doors, walls, columns and statues.
The Rev. Samuel Morehead told The Denver Channel that the basilica has been vandalized three times since July, but this was the worst by far.
“It was offensive,” Morehead said. “I mean, this was either an act by somebody who is mentally unstable or a true act of hate against Catholics.”
The Denver Police Department confirmed it is investigating. Several reports noted that a witness saw a potential suspect and there is evidence on a security camera as well.
Local news outlets reported that crews had most of the vandalism cleaned up by the end of the day Sunday.
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The Archdiocese of Denver released a statement condemning the spate of vandalism against Catholic churches and ministries in recent months.
“We continue to pray for the conversion of those who carry out acts of desecration against our churches, statues and religious symbols,” the diocese said.
At least 25 crimes of vandalism, property destruction or theft were reported at parishes and ministries in the archdiocese since February 2020, including more than 10 in the past six months, the diocese said.
Another major vandalism incident occurred Sept. 29 at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder. There, parishioners discovered smashed stained-glass windows, slashed tires and graffiti on the church maintenance truck, broken crosses, eggs smashed onto walls and spray-paint on signs, church walls, vehicles and statues.
Pro-abortion graffiti that reads “Jesus [heart]s abortion,” “hands off my uterus,” “my body my choice” and “no wire hangers ever” was spray-painted on the church walls, vehicles and signs, according to the local news reports.
Threats, vandalism, violence and other incidents targeting pro-lifers have been growing in recent years. Catholic Churches also have reported an increase in vandalism and other crimes.
LifeNews has been keeping track of these reports. Incidents this year include:
England – Abortion Activists Destroy Student Pro-Life Display at Oxford University Fair (Cherwell) (The Telegraph)
Pro-Lifers Assaulted, Pregnant Woman Shoved to the Ground at Women’s Marches (Students for Life)
Texas – Abortion Activists Hack, Vandalize Texas Republican Party Website in Response to Pro-Life Law (Snopes)
Iowa – Abortion Activist Vandalizes Pro-Life Sign, Accosts Pro-Life Student (Campus Reform)
California – Pepperdine University students vandalize pro-life display, rip down crosses (Fox News)
Texas – Young Pro-Life Advocate Assaulted at Houston Pro-Life Event (TFP Student Action)
Ohio – Police Remove Screaming Pro-Abortion Protesters from State Senate Chamber (FOX 55/AP)
Switzerland – Three Pro-Life Organizations Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Graffiti ahead of National Pro-Life March (Evangelical Focus Europe)
Mexico – Radical Feminists Injure 37 People in Violent Pro-Abortion Protest
Texas – Abortion Activist Threatens to Kill Pro-Life Lawmakers who Voted for Texas Abortion Ban
Texas – Pro-Life Leader Gets Death Threat after Planned Parenthood Doxxing
Texas – Texas Right to Life Evacuated due to Bomb Threat, Terrorist Threat
California – Eggs Thrown at Pro-Life Candidate Larry Elder, Staffer Hit in Face (Fox News)
Oregon – Antifa Activist Charged After Assaulting Female Officer Protecting Pro-Life People
Colorado – Vandals Deface Boulder County Catholic Church with Pro-Abortion Graffiti (Washington Times)
Texas – Abortion Activists Spam Pro-Life Group’s Website with Porn (Mic)
New York – Police Arrest Two Abortion Activists for Allegedly Blocking Pro-Life Prayer Rally (National Review)
Connecticut – Pro-Life Billboard in Barkhamsted Vandalized with “Get an Abortion” and Coat Hangers (ProLife Across America)
Poland – Pro-Life Billboard Showing Abortion Victims Gets Vandalized about Once a Week (The Calvert Journal)
Arizona – Students for Life: Planned Parenthood Volunteers Steal Pro-Life Students’ Bags (Students for Life blog)
Oregon – Antifa Tries to Disrupt Pro-Life Prayer Group with Violence outside Planned Parenthood (Citizen Stringer), Andy Ngo (video, video, video)
Oregon – Antifa Terrorists Attack Christians Who Were Praying in a Public Park
Texas – Pro-Life Billboard Removed After One Day Because of Death Threats From Abortion Activists (FaithWire)
Ohio – Campus Police Shut Down Mason City Council Meeting after Abortion Activists Heckle, Try to Silence Pro-Lifers (video)
Wyoming – Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized with “F— the Babies,” Devil Horns
Arkansas – Abortion Activists Desecrate Statue of Jesus, Hang “God Bless Abortions” Banner
Canada – Pro-Life Memorial Broken in Spate of Vandalism Targeting Catholic Churches (Catholic News Agency)
New York – Police Protect Peaceful Pro-Life Advocates after Pro-Abortion Protesters Block Prayer Walk, Abortion Activists Surround, Intimidate Priest Praying the Rosary (National Review)
Maine – Driver Crashes Her Car into Pro-Lifer’s Van After Yelling at Pro-Life Protesters, Flipping Them Off
Northern Ireland – Abortion Activist Assaults Pro-Life Christian Helping Women Outside Abortion Clinic
South Carolina – Antifa Radicals Vandalize Pro-Life Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s Home
Kentucky – Liberal Media Ignores Death Threat against Pro-Life U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
Indiana – Abortion Activist Almost Runs Over Pro-Life Congresswoman Praying Outside Abortion Center
Illinois – Authorities: Fire at Peoria Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Was Intentionally Set (NPR Illinois State University)
Colombia – Moms Slam Abortion Activists who Vandalized Pregnancy Center: My Child’s Life is a Blessing
Texas – Pro-Life Aggies’ Sign Ripped Down, Replaced with Signs Advertising Planned Parenthood (National Right to Life News)
Canada – Church Pro-Life Billboard Vandalized Twice near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic)
Texas – Conservative Student Group’s Pro-Life Display Vandalized with Pro-Abortion Slogans (KVUE)
Mississippi – Abortion Activists Vandalize Christian Billboard to Promote Abortions
Colombia – Feminists Attack Church to Protest for Abortion, Spray-paint “Rapists” on Church Walls
Mexico – Violent Feminists in Mexico Terrorize Legislators, Threaten Them if They Don’t Vote to Legalize Abortions
Washington, D.C. – Man Threatens to Shoot Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors (Students for Life)
Argentina – Female Judge Receives Multiple Death Threats after Blocking Pro-Abortion Law (Crux)
Poland – Abortion Activists Arrested during Protest against Ban on Aborting Unborn Babies with Disabilities (The Guardian)
Ohio – Abortion Activists Attack a Church, Disrupt Its Pro-Life Service to Mourn Babies Killed in Abortions
Missouri – Antifa Radicals Attack Pro-Life Senator Josh Hawley’s Home, Threaten His Wife, Newborn Baby