Goth Crew Vandalizes Crucifix and Stained Glass Window at Brooklyn Catholic Church

A group of individuals dressed in goth attire caused damage to a crucifix and stained glass window at St. Columba’s Church in Marine Park, Brooklyn. The incident occurred around 2:45 a.m. on January 27, as captured by surveillance footage released by the NYPD. At least four people, possibly teenagers or young adults, approached the church, with one individual appearing to wear facepaint.

The disturbing footage shows the group attempting to enter the church through a side door. Two of them were seen repeatedly stabbing an object, believed to be a knife, into the exterior of the building. According to a spokesperson for the Diocese of Brooklyn, the vandals were trying to remove a cross from the church’s exterior and punctured its base. Additionally, a stained-glass window was shattered during the incident.

The Diocese expressed hope that these individuals would experience a change of heart during the upcoming Lenten season and seek forgiveness for their actions against the parish. The spokesperson also highlighted the alarming increase in hate crimes targeting different houses of worship and people of various faiths in New York City. The Diocese commended the NYPD for their response and ongoing investigation.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, which is now being treated as a hate crime.

This incident follows previous acts of vandalism against Catholic churches in the city. In one instance, an individual wearing a purple priestly vestment robe and no pants vandalized a shrine to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in lower Manhattan. Another incident involved the spray-painting of black paint and the word “Fake” on a statue of the Virgin Mary outside Resurrection Church in Gerritsen Beach. Additionally, a man destroyed a framed photo of Pope Francis at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Astoria before spreading paint thinner on the basement floor and donning a priest’s robe.

 

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2 Responses

  1. As someone who is passionate about promoting understanding and respect for different cultures and beliefs, my personal goal is to actively engage in dialogue and education surrounding religious diversity. I believe that by fostering open-mindedness and empathy, we can create a more inclusive society where incidents like the one mentioned in the post become less frequent.

    To achieve this goal, I plan to participate in interfaith events and discussions, where people from different religious backgrounds can come together to share their experiences and learn from one another. I also aim

  2. Mary’s Cathedral. The incident occurred during a late-night Halloween party that was held in the church’s basement. The party was organized by a local goth community as a way to celebrate the holiday in their own unique style.

    During the party, some attendees decided to explore the rest of the church, including the main sanctuary. Unfortunately, a few individuals took their enthusiasm too far and began vandalizing religious symbols. One person, in particular, decided to climb up to the crucifix and attempt to remove

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