LANSING, Michigan (LifeSiteNews) — A church in Michigan has been vandalized with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic graffiti.
On October 8, the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing released footage of three hooded vandals spray-painting the Church’s sidewalk, front doors, and parish sign. The vandals left hateful messages that were directed at the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Our hope and our prayer is that those who did this to our parish church are not just brought to justice but are also brought to conversion, brought to an encounter with the love of Jesus, brought to a realization that anger corrodes the soul while life in Christ brings only freedom, peace and healing,” said the parish pastor, Father Steve Mattson. “That’s our hope. That’s our prayer.”
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“Three hooded individuals caught on camera vandalizing a Catholic church in Lansing, Michigan, Oct. 8 with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic graffiti,” tweeted Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency journalist, with a video of the incident from the Church’s video footage.
Three hooded individuals caught on camera vandalizing a Catholic church in Lansing, Michigan, Oct. 8 with pro-abortion and anti-Catholic graffiti.
🎥: Church of the Resurrection. pic.twitter.com/igJrJNDyDZ
— Joe Bukuras (@JoeBukuras) October 12, 2022
Other videos and photos of the vandalism show graffiti messages such as “feminism not fascism,” “smash patriarchy,” “restore Roe,” and “is overturning Roe worth your life or your democracy?”
The front doors of the church were also emblazoned with two upside-down red crosses, with the words “Death to Christian nationalism” and “abort the court” painted nearby. The parish’s sign was also vandalized, spray-painted with the words “kill all Christian nationalists.”
“I’m just really hurt and sorrowful that people would have vandalized our place of worship, our church,” said a parishioner in a video released by the parish. “Abortion is an act of violence against a vulnerable human. So the fact that the proponents of abortion are then using violence against other people just shows that this is a violent movement.”
“Motherhood is really a gift,” said another parishioner. “Children are gifts, and to be persistent in this belief that we are the god of our own bodies and that we can kill our own children and that that is a fundamental human right are some of the messages that I’ve seen and I’m so sad to see that.”
This attack is only one of many acts of vandalism that have targeted Catholic churches in the past few months since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, despite the violence against their parish, Our Lady of the Resurrection Church has taken the path of forgiveness.
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The sign outside Our Lady of the Resurrection, now clean of the grafiti, has a new message displayed on its electric screen: “To whomever vandalized our church: We forgive you and we are praying for you.”