18 December 2012
Two Catholic Parishes Violently Vandalized by Man with Sledgehammer
One of these two parishes, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, has for its pastor Father Edward Richard, the well-known moral theologian formerly on the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary of St. Louis.
The news story reports that this man had a history of violence and police think he was under the influence of drugs. I wonder. Certainly he was under the influence of something. The report claims he said God wanted him to destroy statues.
He started at Fr. Richard's parish and was caught in the act of destroying statues at another Catholic parish. Many of these statues were quite old, and irreplaceable. In between, he apparently broke the glass doors of two places belonging to the Baptist and Methodist sects, but did not damage anything inside. No statues there, is my guess.
Stories here and here. Video at the second link. Photos above of some of the damage, and of the alleged perpetrator.