28 March 2012

Vandals Strike Chapel of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest




From California Catholic Daily comes the sad news of an assault on a statue of Our Lord and Lady:

“Unknown substance”

Vandals deface statue in front of chapel dedicated to celebrating traditional Latin Mass

A small Santa Clara chapel dedicated to offering the traditional Latin Mass was the target of vandals over the weekend.


Sometime between Friday evening, March 23, and Sunday morning, March 25, vandals defaced a statue of Madonna and Child in front of the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel, 1298 Homestead Road, in Santa Clara.

The vandals applied “an unknown substance” to the faces of both Madonna and Child, according to a report from a parishioner. The incident was reported to the Santa Clara Police Department.

"When I arrived Sunday morning several parishioners were gathered around the statue discussing and taking pictures," said one witness in an email to California Catholic Daily. "We are not sure what was applied but it was most likely spray painted."

Since 2007, when San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath designated the oratory chapel as an approved location for “the celebration of the Mass in Latin according to the Missal of 1962,” priests approved by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest have been offering the Latin Mass there.

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a religious order specifically dedicated to the celebration of the traditional Mass.

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