More Catholic churches were vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti over the weekend, this time in the Houston, Texas area.
Early Monday morning, someone spray-painted the words “pro-choice is pro-life” across the front doors and a side door of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Fox 26 Houston reports.
Father Peter Damian Harris said he believes the vandalism at his church and two other incidents in the Houston area occurred in response to a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade.
“It’s very unfortunate that people would desecrate the church like this, take their frustration out on the church,” Harris told the local news. “I’d rather you come inside and pray and have a conversation, and not try to desecrate our sacred space. This won’t stop us, it propels us to continue to be witnesses for Christ and the world.”
The priest said he decided to limit their hours for confession and Mass as a “necessary precaution” against future attacks.
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The two other Catholic churches that he named were Saint Bartholomew in Katy and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Houston.
“At Saint Bartholomew, they tried to remove the Tabernacle, which contains the sacred presence of Christ and the Eucharist. The other church, someone tried to desecrate the Eucharist,” Harris said.
Saint Bartholomew confirmed on Facebook that its Tabernacle was stolen Sunday, and police are investigating.
“It is with deep sadness, we share that, last night, our Tabernacle was stolen,” according to the church. “As the police are investigating the case, we come together as a parish family to pray unceasingly for this horrible act of desecration.”
Two other Catholic churches in Colorado and pro-life organizations in Wisconsin, Oregon, Virginia, Maryland and Texas also were targets of arson and vandalism since the draft opinion was leaked.
Last week, a Catholic church in Boulder, Colorado was vandalized; the Catholic News Agency reports another Catholic church in Fort Collins also was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti this past week.
Several pro-life pregnancy centers have been vandalized, and police say a Wisconsin pro-life organization was lit on fire and vandalized over the weekend. On Sunday, authorities say someone threw Molotov cocktails into the Oregon Right to Life office, one of which exploded and caught the building on fire.
CBS News reported at least two police officers were injured when a pro-abortion rally turned violent in Los Angeles. During another protest in Washington, D.C., a Daily Wire reporter witnessed abortion activists shoving, spitting on and screaming obscenities at a small group of pro-life advocates who were counter-protesting.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion, and his family also were moved from their home to a secure location due to threats and potential violence.
Pro-life advocates are concerned about more violent attacks in the coming days.
Two pro-abortion groups were calling for churches, especially Catholic Churches, to be the target of abortion activists’ outrage on Mother’s Day, with one urging activists to “rise up and raise hell!”
“The leaked draft memo that states the Supreme Court has struck down #RoeVWade is an ATROCITY but It is not yet law & doesn’t have to be, but what they plan to do & will do if WE don’t stop them. Rise up! & RAISE HELL!” the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights wrote on Twitter.
Abortion activists are trying to intimidate the Supreme Court justices to change their minds and uphold Roe after the leaked draft opinion showed the majority voting to overturn the infamous 1973 ruling. The draft is not final, judges can change their minds, and it is not clear when the high court will issue its final ruling on the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, but many believe the court will overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies again.
Polls consistently show that most Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies than what Roe allows. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here. A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned (48 percent) than want the ruling to remain in place (45 percent).
Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.