Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2021 / 10:15 am America/Denver (CNA).
Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks.
On the weekend of April 17-18, three statues were vandalized outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, California. In photos sent by parishioner Duke Sancho to CNA, what appear to be statues of Mary, St. John, and St. Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion scene are each disfigured with black spray paint covering the eyes.
Sancho told CNA that a parish men’s fraternity and the pastor Fr. Jonathan Molina organized a project to clean the statues.
Elsewhere in the diocese, a statue of Mary was defaced with black spray paint at Saint John Vianney parish in Rancho Cordova. In an April 25 tweet, a parishioner posted a photo of a Marian statue with black paint covering the face, hands, and feet. A black cross was traced down the main body of the statue.
The parishioner wrote that the graffiti was removed with a slight lasting effect on the statue.