Police detained man suspected in destroying the statue of Jesus in Catholic Church in El Paso
A Texas man has been detained by the police for allegedly decapitating a statue of Jesus Christ in a Catholic Church in El Paso.
The vandalism took place on Tuesday. According to the Instagram post by the El Paso Catholic Diocese, the man walked into the church and destroyed the 90-year-old statue of Jesus which was standing behind the main altar.
The attack is under investigation and the El Paso Police Department detained a man suspected in the blaspheme destruction.
The images of the broken statue were also posted by the Church in Instagram.” Bishop mark Seitz said in the statement. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to person and ideas that are not visible to our eyes.”
“As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,”
This is a disturbing attack on Catholicism and religion.— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) July 15, 2020
Sadly, it is among a series of attacks on Catholic churches that have happened in recent days.
I hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, but I also pray that they will find their way to God as well. https://t.co/MFPHZhqn3h
“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus — his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Bishop added. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”