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Two Unsettling Events Occurred this Afternoon at Catholic Churches Located in Brooklyn and Queens

Diocese Brooklyn
July 08, 2023

Two Unsettling Events Occurred this Afternoon at Catholic Churches Located in Brooklyn and Queens
A photo of the vandalized statue of the Blessed Mother at Resurrection

This afternoon, the Diocese of Brooklyn reported two disturbing incidents of hate towards Catholic churches. One church is located in Brooklyn while the other is in Queens.

In the first incident, a vandal desecrated a new shrine statue of Mary, the Blessed Mother, at Resurrection Church in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn. The white marble statue of Mary was spray painted with black all over her face, shoulders, and hands. Additionally, the word “fake” appears to be spray painted on the statue, as well as lines down and across the statue.

In the second incident, the perpetrator who desecrated St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Astoria one month ago on June 7th returned to the church. The man entered the sanctuary acting erratically, disturbing the youth choir practice, and frightening the children. Police officers from the 114th Precinct responded within minutes. The church was not damaged, and no one was injured.

Arrests were made in both incidents by the New York City Police Department. The Diocese of Brooklyn is grateful to the parishioners and staff in both incidents who stepped in to hold the perpetrators until the police arrived.