Catholic Group to AG: Investigate Vandalism as Hate Crime

The group sent a letter to Healey saying the vandalism is “property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography”

The Catholic Action League wants Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey a string of vandalism acts at churches across the state as acts of hate crimes.

The group sent a letter to Healey saying the vandalism is “property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography.”

Over Easter weekend, a statue of the Virgin Mary was spray-painted black at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Norwood.

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Since then, statues were desecrated outside St. Mary's Church in Billerica and at St. Margaret Parish in Burlington.

The letter adds, "At least eight Catholic churches have been the object of violent depredations in Massachusetts since January of 2012. The targeting and the particular method of destruction of the representations of Our Lady, could suggest a possible occult or Satanic connection."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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