Boston, Mass., Dec 30, 2022 / 14:55 pm
Father Jeffrey Tudgay, pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Peter in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, discovered on Christmas evening that the historic church had been vandalized.
The numbers “666” were carved into three separate front doors of the cathedral.
“I am hoping the individual responsible for the vandalism will come forward and allow me to have a conversation with them,” Tudgay said in a Dec. 26 press release from the Diocese of Scranton.
“We are a people of prayer who minister in a troubled world but the mission and message of Christ’s Church is one of forgiveness and reconciliation,” he said. “While we are upset at the actions that took place, we also understand the need to forgive and be forgiven.”