Vandals toppled a statue of Jesus and burned an American flag outdoors a Catholic church in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a doable hate crime, authorities mentioned.
The vandal reportedly jumped the fence at St. Athanasius Church within the Bensonhurst part of Brooklyn round 10 p.m. on Thursday, based on the New York Publish. The suspect then tipped over a statue of Jesus’ crucifixion, smashing it to items, and set an American flag hanging outdoors the rectory aflame, police mentioned.
Monsignor David Cassato, the church’s pastor, found the harm on Friday morning and reported it to the NYPD, based on a assertion from the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Activity Power is investigating.
“This was actually an act of hatred, and immediately is the saddest day of my twenty years right here at this parish,” Cassato mentioned in a press release.
The crucifix, which was put in in reminiscence of Cassato’s mom, had been a fixture on the church since 2010.
“I went over and spoke to the scholars within the faculty about what occurred, telling them that hate by no means wins,” Cassato mentioned. “We’re, and should be, a group that continues to share the message of Easter, that which is of affection, hope, and forgiveness.”
The parish plans to restore and reinstall the Crucifix in the identical location.