CNA Staff, Sep 21, 2020 / 15:09 pm
The Knights of Columbus has contributed thousands of dollars to a Brooklyn parish following an act of vandalism earlier this month.
The Knights of Columbus announced Sept. 21 a $10,000 donation to Our Lady of Solace Church. An unknown perpetrator destroyed a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the parish Sept. 11.
“The desecration of our Catholic statues and churches is a grievous crime against all people who value religious freedom,” said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight.
“Together with Pope Francis, our bishops and faithful everywhere, we stand against violence, hatred and bigotry.”
Father Javier Flores, the parish administrator, said the gift was “overwhelming” and expressed hope that a replacement statue would be erected before Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast, Dec. 12.
The parish has been struggling financially since the pandemic has reduced tithing, WLNY reported.
According to the church’s security camera, a man climbed the fence in front of the church, toppled a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then tossed the statue onto the sidewalk.
“Who knows mentally what’s going on with that person in that moment, but you don’t do stuff like that. This is vandalism,” said Coney Island resident Sara Marerro, according to WLNY.