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Police investigate vandalism to 3 religious statues (decapitated) at Catholic shrine in Portland
The Republic ^ | December 1, 2012

Posted on 12/01/2012 1:40:39 PM PST by NYer

PORTLAND, Oregon — Police in Portland say a maximum $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of Italian marble religious statues damaged at a Catholic shrine and botanical garden.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says three statues were damaged this week, with the heads removed.

Police recovered one of the statue heads Friday after a passer-by called to say it was perched on a post at the west end of the 62-acre site popularly known as The Grotto. That head belonged to a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Still missing are heads belonging to statues of St. Joseph and the infant Jesus.

Simpson says the statues are more than 100 years old.

Crime Stoppers is offering the reward.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: or; portland

1 posted on 12/01/2012 1:40:46 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
What irony ... The Grotto's official name is The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother.
2 posted on 12/01/2012 1:42:56 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer
I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the hate crime charges.

Fortunately, largely as the result of Laszlo Toth's 1972 vandalism of Michelangelo's Pietà, restorers have come up with some pretty innovative means of repairing broken marble by employing mixtures of epoxy resins and marble dust which can fairly convincingly replicate the surface translucense of the original marble. It's a painstaking and expensive process, but fortunately it can be done if they can recover the missing pieces.

3 posted on 12/01/2012 1:47:34 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

You can bet these criminals are the same axelrodholes who call everyone else, “haters”.


4 posted on 12/01/2012 1:47:48 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: NYer

Those damn tea party people I am sure.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 2:16:58 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: NYer

This is so disheartening. I loved that shrine and would visit it often. Sorry to say though that it’s not a huge shock, considering Portland, Oregon.


6 posted on 12/01/2012 3:12:57 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: NYer

This is being done on purpose.


7 posted on 12/01/2012 4:19:39 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: NYer

More of Obozo’s Muzzie children feeling empowered after his re-election.

Let me remind you that God is not mocked.


8 posted on 12/01/2012 4:57:48 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: NYer
good chance it's filthy disease ridden queers given their seething hatred for the Catholic church...
9 posted on 12/01/2012 5:16:24 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: OldNewYork

We just visited in September. Very sad to hear this but, as you say, not that surprising. Probably someone’s Portland State Persecution 101 project.


10 posted on 12/01/2012 5:35:42 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: Texas Fossil

Hardly Muslims. You know nothing about Portland or Muslims, not sure which. Many Muslims actually revere “Miriam”. As someone else pointed out, probably queers, certainly secularists.


11 posted on 12/01/2012 5:39:35 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: freekitty
This is being done on purpose

How could three statues be decapitated by accident?

12 posted on 12/01/2012 5:41:18 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: Joe 6-pack

This aren’t valuable or rare statues calling for expensive restorations but we would like to have them complete, just the same.


13 posted on 12/01/2012 5:43:58 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86
The article said Italian marble over 100 years old. Do you know if they were sculpted in Italy or domestically? Either way, I'm guessing there's a level of workmanship that would be a pretty scarce commodity today.

If it's a relatively clean break, the respective pieces can be drilled and fitted back together with a metal rod. If it's shattered into multiple pieces then it would take a little more extensive work.

Worst case, if larger pieces are missing, there's always the possibility that a section could be carved out from underneath the base and resculpted from photos to match the original.

14 posted on 12/01/2012 5:53:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

How ironic....


15 posted on 12/01/2012 6:17:52 PM PST by matginzac
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To: OldNewYork

I’ve meant to visit the Grotto, since my dtr lives down there....no,not unexpected for the hateful, small minded Portland crowd....everyone and everything needs to have protection of course, except the Christians and the whites....


16 posted on 12/01/2012 6:40:11 PM PST by cherry
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To: Joe 6-pack

the sad thing is that now we’ll increasingly have to lock up our gardens and parks and trails and boat launches etc so vandals won’t get after them...


17 posted on 12/01/2012 6:42:55 PM PST by cherry
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To: steve86
Do I know about Portland?

No. And I doubt I would fit in with the Lefties that I understand control much of the government there.

Do I have knowledge about Islam.

Enough.

Search Google for:

“statue beheaded Islam”

Now tell me Hardly.

What other “faith” today beheads, people and statues?

What other “faith” practices “slavery” (check latest on new Government legislation in Egypt)

I do know about Obozo, Liberation Theology, Despotism and the contrast with the history of the US.

18 posted on 12/01/2012 6:47:45 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: steve86

Exactly


19 posted on 12/01/2012 6:52:35 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: cherry; steve86

It’s still worth a visit I think. The gardens are beautiful and the chapel and grounds would still be peaceful. There’s a memorial too in the gardens above the grotto to Baltic Christians killed by communists of the Soviet variety, perhaps more like the ones at PSU and the rest of Portland than many realize.


20 posted on 12/01/2012 7:08:39 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: NYer; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; coffeebreak; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

21 posted on 12/01/2012 7:48:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Militant homosexuals most likely suspects.


23 posted on 12/01/2012 9:52:38 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Texas Fossil

Trust us, it wasn’t Muzzies.


24 posted on 12/01/2012 10:22:15 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: OldNewYork
There was an overflowing Mass when we were there and most people, even in Portland, seem to be very respectable of the grounds and facilities. I did not see any graffiti. It has probably occurred, but must be infrequent. Our girls walked with me through the labyrinth, which is an addition since last visit, as are a couple of the prayer points. Very nice!

The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

25 posted on 12/01/2012 10:33:06 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Yes, I should have said not extraordinarily valuable like the Pietà but still highly treasured by Grotto patrons and worthy of a careful repair.
26 posted on 12/01/2012 10:47:36 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86
As someone else pointed out, probably queers, certainly secularists.

And maybe, just maybe, Mormon missionaries.


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27 posted on 12/02/2012 10:19:32 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

I would guess these individuals were severely admonished by their mission superiors. Quite a contrast from the queers who would go back home to a celebrational orgy with Satanic overtones.


28 posted on 12/02/2012 10:59:29 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

“Many Muslims actually revere “Miriam”.”

Perhaps, but not through use of “icons”.


29 posted on 12/03/2012 3:20:40 PM PST by Boogieman
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