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Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church
Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Posted on 05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT by SmithL

A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said...

A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m.,

...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said.

Targets included the main church, the museum, the adjacent Siena House (a home serving pregnant women), and a garden area beside the historic chapel, said Warren Hoy, spokesman for the Diocese of Monterey.

The vandal or vandals went so far as to climb on the roof so they could spray paint on the church's bell tower, Hoy said.

Paint was a poured on statues of Junipero Serra and the blessed Virgin Mary, he said.

Those statues and the original baptismal font were in a garden area adjacent to the chapel and Mission Galeria gift shop, he said.

"They got a little bit of everything,"

..."The sad thing is a lot of stuff they damaged were cultural artifacts, so they were not just attacking the church," he said. "It's the history of it." Holy Cross has suffered vandalism before, some of it specifically aimed at the history of the Mission era.

"Holy Cross is something of a lightening rod," Hoy said. "It is the obvious famous church in Santa Cruz, so if you want to do something to the Church, with a capital C, you attack the Catholic Church, and when you do, you attack Holy Cross.

(Excerpt) Read more at contracostatimes.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: california; hatecrime; juniperoserra; popefrancis; romancatholicism; santacruz; tolerantleft
Santa Cruz is very well known for its tolerance for everyone (except for those they disagree with).
1 posted on 05/08/2012 8:49:10 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Won’t be a hate crime.

And we all know why.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 8:54:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: SmithL
Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said.

Possibly they could figure out if this was a "hate crime," or even what the motivation was, if they took the trouble to read what those slogans and symbols said. Or even reported what they said in the news release.

If this had been a crime against some black organization or home, we could be quite sure that all the slogans and symbols would be thoroughly reported--or even invented, if necessary.

3 posted on 05/08/2012 8:57:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Da Coyote

Place your bets...

My money is on Atheists or ROPers.


4 posted on 05/08/2012 8:58:39 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Gay activists or muslims would be my guess


5 posted on 05/08/2012 9:02:52 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: GraceG

If they would tell us what the slogans were we might know, but I would guess either atheists or gay activists or anti-”Western Civilization” types who consider the Franciscan missionaries evil because they were bringing Spanish Catholicism and cultural norms and destroying the Indians’ utopia.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 9:06:07 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cicero

Sadly either atheists or ROPers.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 9:07:03 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SmithL
I haven't been to Santa Cruz since the late 80s, when it was infested with 1960s, filthy, drug addicted hippies.
The public park was strewn with so many zonked out bodies it looked like a war zone.
In fact, my company allowed us to stay in the Dream Inn which was very expensive, but safe.
8 posted on 05/08/2012 9:07:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: GraceG

In Oregon, a church identified as anti gay was vandalized and a group claimed responsibility. There has been no police action and likely won’t be considering Portland’s mayor and politics. In your CA case, the historical artifacts may prompt some action but I wouldn’t count on it.

I’d add gay activists to your list but they are often the same as the anarchists.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 9:08:03 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: muir_redwoods

Vampires, a bunch of Lost boys


10 posted on 05/08/2012 9:18:11 AM PDT by Chainsawj (Looks like I have NOBODY to vote FOR, I'll just vote againest the dems.......AGAIN.)
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To: SmithL

I’m surprised Holy Cross Church was lacking security cameras and a burglar alarm system. I hope they add a security system now in order to ward off future attacks by these left-wing nut jobs.


11 posted on 05/08/2012 9:18:25 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The TEA Party is my cup of tea.)
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To: Biggirl
Sadly either atheists or ROPers.

Santa Cruz also has its merry band of Occupiers.

12 posted on 05/08/2012 9:19:34 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: SmithL

When I read about incidents like this, thoughts of Spain pre-civil war come to mind.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 9:21:12 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
I'm surprised that people are still commenting without actually reading the articles.

The church is alarmed, but the vandalism outside did not prompt an alarm, Hoy said.

They might need to consider motion lights, he said.

Friend said the suspect damaged a video camera on the church property also, and that investigators are working to determine if any video was captured before the damage was done.

Police are looking into the possibility of this being a hate crime, he said.

14 posted on 05/08/2012 9:30:30 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Would not surprise me as well.


15 posted on 05/08/2012 9:34:33 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

What is an ROP?


16 posted on 05/08/2012 10:24:34 AM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: passionfruit

Means “Religion Of Peace”, in reference to Islam.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 10:31:04 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


18 posted on 05/08/2012 12:10:04 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: SmithL

Vandalism of Christian churches has not been a common tactic of Moslems in the United States or Europe, up to this point. Moslem attacks on Jewish sites in Europe have grown commonplace.

This type of vulgar destructiveness is the hallmark of homosexualists, atheists (those devotees of “Reason”), and anti-life fanatics ... and the same person often fits all these categories!


19 posted on 05/08/2012 1:15:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: SmithL
Father Junipero Serra was not only beatified by the Catholic Church, but has a statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol:


20 posted on 05/08/2012 2:24:21 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480

From when saner minds prevailed.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 2:31:19 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS

Indeed - such a statue design would NEVER be submitted by the State of California today.


22 posted on 05/08/2012 3:08:57 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Pyro7480; ELS
I'm surprised they haven't replaced it with one of Harvey Milk in flagrante delicto.
23 posted on 05/08/2012 4:00:23 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: Tax-chick

Hey, don’t give them any ideas. ;-)


24 posted on 05/08/2012 5:49:19 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: oh8eleven

Not much has changed.
That you were at the Dream Inn is/was no guarentee of safety.
It’s in the middle of the people’s republic. The only time I get close is by boat after killing salmon.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: SmithL

Sad.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 7:44:20 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: muir_redwoods
Gay activists or muslims would be my guess

Muslims -- not! Many venerate Miriam and would not dream to deface her statute or the ground it resided upon.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 7:51:57 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: SmithL

Bless Junipero Serra pray for us.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 9:19:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Blessed Junipero Serra pray for us.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 9:22:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SmithL
Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church
Cathedral yields more surprises: Crews unearth Presidio chapel remnants
Blessed Junípero Serra 1713 - 1784 (Mission Chronology, Biography, etc.)
The Significance Of Blessed Junipero Serra (pictures of Missions)
30 posted on 05/08/2012 9:33:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: steve86

Graven images are anathema to islam. Statues of anyone are common targets for their childish tantrums.


31 posted on 05/09/2012 3:29:38 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: sasquatch
Not much has changed.
Sorry to hear that.
32 posted on 05/09/2012 5:00:07 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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