Not “hate crimes”

872 Catholic churches were desecrated in France during 2017. In comparison vandalism against 72 mosques and 28 synagogues was reported.

Between 3rd and 11th February this year, “nine Catholic churches were subject to severe vandalism, ranging from the smashing of statues and stained-glass windows to the overturning of tabernacles. One church in Yvelines, the church of Saint-Nicolas de Houilles, was vandalised three times in seven days.”

The Catholic Herald further reports that “Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of desecration of religious items.”

But throughout Europe attacks against churches and against Christians are not normally recorded as “hate crimes”.

 

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