90-Year-Old Jesus Statue Toppled And Beheaded In Texas
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue was on El Paso's St. Patrick's Cathedral for almost 90 years. On Monday, it was toppled and beheaded.
Amid calls by leftists to tear down American and Christian statues, a 90-year-old statue of Jesus at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Texas lost his head. The vandal attacked and beheaded the statute during open prayer at the El Paso Church.
Though there is currently no known motive, radicals have explicitly called for attacks on Jesus, calling his likeness “white supremacy.”
Vandal Desecrates Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue In Texas
A statue of Jesus stood at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for almost 90 years without issue. Then on Monday morning at 10, it was toppled and beheaded in a clear act of aggression against Christians.
The Cathedral, in El Paso, Texas, was open for prayer the time of the vandalism. This welcoming gesture that allows people to seek a solemn space to pray was viewed as an invitation to destroy an important fixture in the church.
Bishop Seitz expressed the importance of the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue.
“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” he said in the Instagram post below. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”
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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.
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Statues Targeted By Leftwing Activists
We are now in an era when churches can’t even have their doors open for prayer without being subject to vandalism.
Statues have been targets of leftwing activists all summer. Democrat Mayors have tolerated mobs of people ripping down statues they disagree with and now, they are going after Jesus.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue sat front and center on the altar of St. Patrick’s in El Paso, Texas. It as an incredibly recognizable focal point. Unfortunately, its placement made it a target.
The Diocese of El Paso tweeted a picture of the statue on the altar. While the exact year is unknown, it was taken between 1925-1930.
This is one of the oldest known photos of the inside of the Cathedral of St. Patrick dated sometime between 1925-1930. At the center is the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue which has overseen the altar at the Cathedral for almost 90 years! Click here to learn https://t.co/ih1tm04JKk pic.twitter.com/0jQXJhcVTK
— The Catholic Diocese of El Paso (@elpasodiocese) September 17, 2020
While its destruction may come as as it shock – it shouldn’t. Calls have gone out by prominent Black Lives Matter activists to vandalize churches and statues.
In fact, Shaun King specifically suggested targeting Jesus, calling his likeness “a form of white supremacy”.
Shaun King said people should go and destroy statues of Jesus and vandalize churches. pic.twitter.com/sumlWEqKyR
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 16, 2020
This desecration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue In El Paso isn’t an isolated event.
Last month, a woman was attacked during Mass in a Philadelphia Basilica. Thanks to accommodating politicians, some criminals believe the red carpet has been rolled out for them to bring their crimes inside churches.
Cathedral To Repair Vandalism
This is a big blow to the Cathedral, but they are looking forward. The Diocese announced they are establishing a fund to pay for repairs to the Cathedral and enhance security.
The Diocese of El Paso along with the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is setting up a fund for the St. Patrick Cathedral. Click here for more info: https://t.co/pPXaf2SDPx @BishopSeitz @foundationelp pic.twitter.com/AoS6eoeGoq
— The Catholic Diocese of El Paso (@elpasodiocese) September 16, 2020
Thirty-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for destroying the statue and vandalizing the Cathedral in Monday morning’s attack. Cantrell has a long rap sheet, which includes assaulting a police officer just two weeks ago.
JUST IN: Isaiah Cantrell, 30, is the man accused of vandalizing the historic statue of Jesus at St. Patrick’s Cathedral yesterday morning. He’s also charged w/poss Of marijuana. Bonds total: $20,500. pic.twitter.com/f8r3NokBh5
— andra litton (@tornandra) September 16, 2020
It’s sickening that places of worship are being targeted when people are turning to faith to help them in these times of crisis.
Churches should not have to close their doors. They are sacred places, but the left just doesn’t get it.