Head Knocked Off Jesus Statue Outside Dorchester Church

DORCHESTER (CBS) – Someone smashed the head off of a statue of Jesus in Dorchester.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The Rev. Jack Ahern of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Church said he found the statue’s head lying on the ground in pieces last weekend.

“Sunday morning, about three o’clock, someone saw someone smashing the head of Christ, completely decapitating Christ and pushed the statue off its base,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday.

Some parishioners picked the statue up and tied it to the church sign nearby.

But Ahern said the statue is beyond repair.

“It’s so disrespectful. There’s no respect any more,” a parishioner said.

“I wonder how people are raised with the lack of morals, that they would even think of doing that.”

There have been no arrests.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

  • web

    The parishioner answered her own question..more and more people are being raised with no morals, respect or values. We see examples of this every day in society and in the news reports. It’s getting worse. It’s a growing concern but so subtle and widespread, it seems overwhelming to address.

    • bobby

      Why is anybody from Massachussetts asking what happened to morals? That is the state that consistently sent the murderer Ted Kennedy to congress . They are one of the mot liberal, i.e. immoral, states in the union.

    • Silhouette

      In Iran the perps would be executed.

    • Cynicdude

      I personally suspect that the person who did this was raised with too much morals, respect and values and that’s the reason he rebelled against it. I still believe that whoever did it is a kid raised in this church.
      How many kids who are strictly raised by religious parents rebell?

    • frespech

      The Bible says that in the last days people will be haughty, puffed up,,with no natural affectiion.So this behavior however gross is to be expected .

    • MadCharles

      News reports are the source of society

    • Timothy Smith

      Attacking Christians, desecrating the bible or decapting Jesus is not a hatecrime. Hate only applies to gay rights and racisim.

      • Jeff

        Women are a MAJORITY. Do hate-crime laws apply to women?

      • Jeff

        Women are a MAJORITY. DO hate-crime laws apply to women?

      • Love crime

        Hate crimes are a fantasy made by liberals. It must have been a LOVE crime if it wasn’t a HATE crime right mr. officer? A crime is a crime is a crime. No special treatment for anyone. Waiting for the outcry…

      • 'Nother-Son-'O-Ursus

        Re: Mocking protections granted to minorities as a result of ‘hate crimes’ sentencing enhancement…

        I am a former Catholic, re-affiliated to NeoPaganism.
        In the past, that was enough for the prolife churches to burn me in the public square!
        A hate crime is when the motivation for the crime is connected to, or reinforced by, prejudice towards protected groups.
        It reflects the lack of police protection historically provided to blacks, woman, some religions, other minorities & homosexuals, who were murdered, assaulted, discriminated against.
        A recent example in Britain notes how a ‘Bed-N-Breakfast’ wentv bankrupt, due to the lawsuit when they refused to provide ‘bed & breakfast’ services to a gay married couple!
        I laughed & laughed…these pious people will ‘retire on welfare’ instead of having a viable business to see them through their old age!!

        I totally support a person being arrested when they get drunk & assault someone; When their choice of target was motivated by the target being ‘elderly’, (‘easy prey’), or a gay person, (particularly if they later claim ‘religious-dogma-rights’ to assault gays…), that is a hate crime, in my opinion, as a (hypothetical) juror.

        Many evangelicals call hate crimes legislation the granting of a ‘special privilege’, as if these same pious folk fail to see they are claiming a special privilege to have scriptural protections when engaging in a felony!! …Blasphemy, anyone?

        Funny, isn’t it?
        if I were to beat the crap out of the local bishop for something, (and get charged with a ‘hate’ crime as ‘religion’ is one of the protected sub-groups), I would be surprised to hear that bishop’s contemporaries demanding a ‘no hate crime enhancement’ from the D.A.!
        …’Moral Relativism’, anyone?

      • San Diego Steve

        I have absolute respect for your right to worship anyone or anything. However, I do have a question. Are you getting a lot of love returned by the rocks and trees lately?

      • John R

        Hate can apply to anybody, and NOBODY is more successful at enforcing their code of values, through government, media, and the marketplace, than gays who are wholly intolerant of those values of ANYBODY who dares to have ANY other value system. I know many gays and love them as I love anybody, and I would hope and think, the people I know are thinking people, that they respect my values!

      • dood

        Hate crimes apply to minorities. Christians are not a minority.

      • jslab129

        Not true.

      • John Magee

        Are you serious? What you said was that Christians have no civil rights. Ever hear of the Constitution of the USA? In it it says the government shall neither favor nor discriminate against any religion. You have just condoned violence and hatred by one group against another group because of religious hatred. Are you saying that hate is only hate when it’s spoken about or turned into violence by the majority? It seems that you view minority hatred and possible violence being made a virtue for select minorities. Catholics ARE a minority. They are about 25% of the population of the USA today AND they faced extreme persecution during the early days of the USA by bigoted groups who thought like you.

      • maddog191

        @dood – A hate crime is a crime committed out of hate, without regard to whether it is a minority or not, you tool.

      • caligula


        you’re such a fu-cking idiot.

        -im not a christian.

      • caligula

        really claude? you;re such a dumbshi t.

        -im not a christian.

      • Claude

        When were Christians ever tolerant??

      • http://islamophobe.ca Islamophobe

        When they created the Magna Carta and The Constitution of The United States of America.

      • Cynicdude

        No, the Magna Carta was about Barons taking power from King John whom they saw unfit to rule England and not successful enough against the French. Therefore it was about money and power.

      • Just Sayin'

        Why does everyone assume that this was done by some amoral cretin? If Christ saw what had happened he’d probably say “wow, this person was really hurting. I’d like to find out what is wrong”. I guess many Christians today don’t have the wisdom and compassion that they used to have. How am I wrong?

      • pixie1942

        the democrat parties middle name is HATE EVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING THAT DOES NOT BOW DOWN TO IT……

      • Big Bear

        @Matt: It works both ways. Be careful what you wish for. Christians have been very tolerant and look what it has got them…

      • Michelle

        Sorry but I think you need to go back and reeducate yourself on the history of Christianity. Such as the Crusades. Christians killed millions of Muslims because they weren’t Christian. How is that peaceful any way???? The Catholic Church has burned countless people at the stake because their views did not align with the Catholic church.

        Those who forget History are Doomed to Repeat it.

        Both sides are guilty of the unspeakable.

        Hate Religion….Love Jesus!!!!

        And don’t forget….Vengence is the Lord’s not ours.

        Let he who have never sinned cast the first stone.

      • believe

        i agree with you!… to a degree. The fact is everyone sins…. no matter what race, religion you are.. or if you don’t. There have been many mistakes made over the centuries in the world… Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Romans, Slave owners, prejudice, atheist .. no group, country, or race has been perfect. no one should point fingers… But God loves all of them anyways.. those who have sinned, those who haven’t, and those who point fingers.

      • jane

        I am in no way defending the Inquisition, but let’s not rewrite history. The only reason Christians went to war with Muslims at all is because Islam by its very nature is about conquering other people and converting them to Islam by force. The reason Islam spread in the first place was because Mohammed and his followers conquered “infidels” and forced them to convert. The sins of the Catholic Church pale in comparison.

      • Michelle

        The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was a tribunal established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms, and to replace the Medieval Inquisition which was under Papal control. The Inquisition was originally intended in large part to ensure the orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. This regulation of the faith of the newly converted was intensified after the royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1501 ordering Jews and Muslims to convert or leave.

        Various motives have been proposed for the monarchs’ decision to fund the Inquisition such as increasing political authority, weakening opposition, suppressing conversos, profiting from confiscation of the property of convicted heretics, reducing social tensions and protecting the kingdom from the danger of a fifth column.

      • matt

        I think that atheists and people that the church negatively affects should take a more active role in punishing the bigoted religious groups. I can’t speak to whether or not this was one of those churches. but i agree with the beheading of jesus. lol.

      • That Guy

        So much for all being “equal under the law.” Right dood?

    • Peggy Donovan

      My comment is that It is still St. Margaret’s Church but it is in the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Please get it Right

    • Gibbs Bentley

      “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
      – Plato

      ——— http://911essentials.com

    • Joe Bite-meee

      Of course it was a radical Isamist who did that, otherwise it would have been reported that the witness said it was a white person.

    • Gibbs Bentley

      “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
      – Plato

      =================== http://911essentials.com

      • srdb

        So true, Gibbs. It is the fundamental fight between good/evil. Evil rationalizes, good just works with what they have. If you look up at these posts, you can definitely see evil/good at play in just these. Thank God we live and breathe, and thank Jesus we live forever. Good always wins in the end.

    • Eris Landos

      Actually, the difference in crime is no different than during the time Jesus was claimed to live, but due to our development as civilization, we tend to take more notice of it.
      And more than morals come into consideration when in relation to crime. You also have to think of the individual – a person with nothing to lose has less care when doing bad things because, as I said, he/she has nothing to lose.

      • montana824

        Why it’s almost as bad as Christians painitng swastikas on synagogue walls and doors and on tombstones in Jewish cemeteries.

  • glad_i_left_dot

    How shocking. I never would’ve expected something like this to happen in Dorchester.

    • smart move

      It’s only a statue,it’s insulting, but far better than another killing

    • Glen

      It reminds me of Edmund drawing the mustache on the Lion in “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

    • liz4

      :)))) Dorchester is closer to obeying the God of the Bible than those who permit statues etc…It is an abomination to the God of the Bible to make such things – they should never have existed in the first place!

      • Mary Lou Ocheltree

        Are you an idiot?

      • Matt

        Then you had better take down all of the pictures of your family or children in your house. Remove all art work. All of these things inspire beauty which leads to the truth. The truth is Christ.

      • Paul

        The statue is like a photograph; simply a representation of someone. If you have a photo of someone, say, your children, and carry it around in your wallet, you are not actually loving the photo itself, but the people it represents. It is the same idea with statues, icons, etc. It is not the actual statue that is worshipped, but the person whose likeness is portrayed in the image.

      • Chris

        It’s an abomination to worship idols. Unless they were out there every Sunday worshiping the statue itself, than it isn’t an idol.

      • David Swift

        Liz4 no one is worshipping the statue itself or a cross or a fish symbol, these are simply a display of faith, these are by no means the Golden Calf. There are many examples of such things in the book of Exodus where God described every detail of the construction of the Dwelling for the ARK, the Table, the Lampstand, even Aaron’s and his sons robes The boneheads that did this act don’t think that deeply, they probably think its okay to murder babies.

      • chuck

        liz4 drop the legalism crap and admit that it was wrong…I don’t worship statues either, but do you have a manger set in your home at Christmas??

      • Dan Flathers

        Gee, Liz…The God of the Bible is brought to you by…Wait for it….Ta-Da!!! The Church in Rome — She enumerated all those pesky chapters into a comprehensive set for you to misunderstand all by yourself!

      • Joanne Newnam

        Oh for crying out loud. Get a life. The statue is a picture of an actual person who lived and died 2000 years ago. There are pictures of Him all over the place. It’s called Art. No Catholic ‘worships’ a statue. It’s like looking at a photo of a loved one who has passed and remembering Him. Get over yourself.

      • hols4

        Arrogance, however is not. You are a foul and DISGUSTING thing.

      • Chad

        Liz you’re a fine example of someone out of communion with God and Jesus. The parishioners weren’t worshiping the statue…no Christian worships idols. That you don’t understand this and what God’s commandment really means identifies you as a heathen, nothing more.

      • cmm

        Are you only going by what you’ve been told about the Catholic faith or have you researched this?. Have you ever asked a priest or only a protestant pastor?

        Statues are for reminding us of the life a good person has led. It is to inspire us to be as good..to live a life as faithful, etc.

        You should not make judgements when you do not have the facts.

      • cmm

        Are you only going by what you’ve been told about the Catholic faith or have you researched this?. Have you ever asked a priest or only a protestant pastor?

        Statues are for reminding us of the life a good person has led. It is to inspire us to be as good..to live a life as faithful, etc.

        You should not make judgements when you do not have the facts.

  • fred

    Why no mention of this being a “HATE CRIME”. If this were someone defacing the Koran that’s all we would hear about.

    • Chris

      I think we all know the answer to that one…

      • barry_gowland

        Whatever one’s religious beliefs are, it is mean and contemptible to offer insult to anothers by desecrating their place of worship. it is surely a sign if uncivikised barbarism if, even if you don’t worship there, you can’t be civilised enough to respect it as a place of worship.
        Part of the Golden Rule is that if you differe with another on matters of religion YOU KEEP IT CLEAM! And that means confining your expressions of disagreement to words—and clean ones at that!

    • KR


    • tanker

      Now where have i heard about cutting off heads and defaming Jesus? I know it’s in some “holy” book, Iif I could just remember where. Hmmm.

      • Floater

        Yeah, just some “holy” book. Maybe it was the “holy” book that made guys fly planes into some buildings.

      • Isa

        You’re ignorant.

        In Islam, Jesus named as Isa (Arabic: عيسى‎ ʿĪsā) is considered to be a Messenger of God and the Masih (Messiah) who was sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl) with a new scripture, the Injīl or Gospel.[1] The belief in Jesus (and all other messengers of God) is required in Islam, and a requirement of being a Muslim


      • Mike V.

        To Kev, it was the Roman governor of Jerusalem who originally placed Jesus on trial. He found no fault with Him, but the crowds were hungry for blood. Roman guards nailed His feet and hands to the cross and gambled for his clothes. It was Roman guards who guarded the Tomb of Jesus until an angel rolled the heavy stone away from the entrance. And it was the seal of Rome placed over the stone to make sure no one stole the Body of Jesus.

      • Kev

        You guys are all hate mongers, why suggest it was Muslims? If I remember correctly it was the Jews who killed Jesus. Respect all religions.

    • Sail Away

      My thoughts exactly!

    • the one and only gene tillock

      its called HYPOCRISY with a capital offense deface H, can you say amen someone. Call it antiChristian bashing 101 which the media so aptly does on the sly all the time and thus are repeatedly cursed forevermore for . they generate such hatred among others all the time and are never held accountable in this life, but when we cry foul when you just say Jew or Kike and then suddenly it’s all of a sudden an abomonation all of a sudden.

    • Elizabeth Cobble

      I agree. If one American burns one Koran, the Muslims threaten to kill Americans. Aalso, if this had been a Koran, it would have been investigated by the Justice Department.

    • Logo4245

      Great insight. Thank you. Not really surprised though – this is the same state that just had a stadium full of people jeering a Christian quarterback. Barney Frank with his corrupt banking practices, destruction of Fannie and Freddy, his boyfriend running a prostitution ring from their home makes Massachusetts looks as Godless as California. And don’t even get me started on the Kennedys……..

      • observing

        Seems it may be a bit of ethnic politics. Barney was reelected largely by Portuguese and Jews. Almost every (10/11) town/city Barney won in was over 30% Portuguese ancestry(7) or Jewish (3) (exception was Wellesley, but still a lot of Jewis people in it) Only one place, Freetown, I’m aware of was similarly Portuguese but went for Sean Bielat.

      • obozosux

        @ Modditters Why not? Disliking Obama automatically means “racist”.

      • Reality 4U

        What is so a shameful here happens to be the mindless contest of the respnders as to where and how a statue of CHRIST JESUS should be placed and for whom. I beg for the day of reckoning as to how each of you will answer for it. As for sin, we are all guilty, and a statue of the very LORD who came here for all of us should be a reminder as to how gentle, but very important HE IS.

      • Moditters

        “Not really surprised though – this is the same state that just had a stadium full of people jeering a Christian quarterback.”

        Oh, come off it. The stadium was also full of people cheering for Tom Brady – a Christian quarterback just like many of his teammates. Disliking Tebow does not automatically mean “Godless.”

    • Adam

      If this happened to a Muslim Mosque we would also hear about the muslims trying to kill someone for it. Hence the difference of Christianity today and Islam today.

      • George Faraj

        Congratulations, you don’t kill people over “blasphemy” any more. Want a medal or something?

  • Denise

    Nothing is sacred anymore – people vandalize graveyards on a regular basis overturning headstones what could be more disgusting than that. People are becoming so desparate with thier lives they are loosing touch w/ their sense of right and wrong. Until adults and kids alike start to realize and actually have consequences to their ugly actions other than a slap on the wrist. This type of disgusting behavior is just going to keep happening. Sad but true!

    • web

      The irony is that there actually are consequence, they just don’t realize it. Good people who are happy do not go around bashing property. People who hate themselves take their anger out on others..they may not even realize they hate themselves…but they do..it shows in their actions. So that is their consquence..they get to wake up every morning and live with themselves and be miserable, and keep looking for someone to blame (or hurt). They will continue to be angry, and miserable, and sad, and pathetic. This is no slap on the wrist, to live this way. The answer to their misery is there, every day in the mirror.

      • Alice Ramirez

        Interesting viewpoint. I don’t disagree but would still like to see the scumbag(s) brought to justice.

    • liz4

      Thank God! The statues are in complete disobedience to the Word of God. The catholic organization in defiance of the Word of God, took authority to permit the making of statues etc. It even went to the extent of changing the 10 commandments to remove the commandment that images etc. should not be worshiped or made….

      Thank God – this is a sign that God is indeed cleansing the earth….

      • John Magee

        In my opinion any religion, culture, or nation that denies humans the ability to create art, sculpture, architecture, music, or the written word is retrograde and barbaric. God gave us our minds and hands to create things in order to bring joy and beauty into our lives. When humans are inspired to create things this must please God who created our magnificent earth and the beauty throughout the universe. The Catholic Church as an organization has it’s share of hypocrisy and faults but it is a good institution that preaches the goodness in the Gospels. One of it’s other good points is that it has always recognized the basic human need to create, build, and enjoy beauty. The idiots who beheaded this concrete statue of Jesus not only insulted Christ and His Church but they attacked art and beauty. They are barbarians.

      • laughter is my medicine

        The Catholic church is the only church that can directly trace it’s roots back to Christ himself. You are missing the point of the story. The disrespect shown to the church and the property is the violation, get off the soap box, Liz4. Catholics are Christians, , with a rich history, full of symbolism, we do not worship inanimate objects. The bigger sin here is the fact that you are judging a whole group of people and saying that what we believe is in violation of God’s law, which is to love Him and your neighbor, therein all the law lies, and almost celebrating the vandalism . The last i checked, which was this morning, the commandments are still the same. You are bias and misinformed and prejudiced. Look into your own heart, see the truth for what it is, it’s a shame that all of God’s people, who live under the banner of Christ can’t practice what He preached. Going back to my first point, Christ started the Catholic church himself, starting with Peter and the line can be traced back to the current pope, learn your history, stop bashing your fellow christians, and any violation of a person’s dignity violates God’s law, which by your nasty comments, you are guilty of

      • Eddy

        By your logic a cross then is also in “…complete disobedience to the Word of God.” You are totall incorrect and should have some knowledge before spouting off.

      • Snake

        [Num 21:7] The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
        [Num 21:8] And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”
        [Num 21:9] So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

        Opps, looks like GOD made a mistake by instructing Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole.

      • anabel

        Decoragenus – a seriously BRILLIANT reply.

        To the poster: “Thou Art Peter, the Rock, and on this Rock I shall build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…..He who hears you hears me.”

        The one verse of Holy Scripture that you’ll never hear in those Sunday services of yours.

      • Mark N.

        You are a freakin’ moron…that charge is baseless and anyone with a BIT of historical knowledge realizes it. It was the protestants who RENUMBERED the 10 Commandments to focus on this charge. And we NEVER “worship” statues…they are like having a photo in your wallet of your wife. Is THAT “worship?” Of course not. Neither is having statues in a church. You fool.

      • Sean

        Kindly show me where the Catholic Church altered the 10 Commandments, please. If it wasn’t for the Church, you wouldn’t have the Bible. Guess who assembled the canon of scripture?

        It wasn’t Pastor Joe down at Mega-Church-R-Us… I pray for a coversion of heart for you. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

      • Me

        Sacred heart of Jesus in caps? You need to see that you are praying to a false pagan Jesus and not the jesus of the bible. Very sad how catholIcism has distorted Christianity to fit pagan worship.

      • Uncle Dan

        Very sad that you Christians see us Catholics as worse than the devil when everything you learned you got from us.

      • Melvin

        In response to, “Muck,” typical, “suck it” Protestant Christian behavior. Hmm suck it must be a Protestant thang. I guess they would know best huh. And they judge Catholics. They need to pay attention to their own Pews before casting stones unto others.

      • Melvin

        My apologies to Muck my response should have been directed at “Me”

      • muck

        Protestant christian changed the bible after the catholic church. there fore the duay rhiems is more accurate… suck it

      • Decoragenus

        And your post is a sign that He may have missed a spot.

  • emom

    You know the punks that did this will pay,, I say make them pay BIG TIME. dig graves for a month, scrub the church stairs with a tooth brush every weekend, make them attend church But put them up front so all can see who it was that destroyed property, embarrass them in front of all to see..

    • George W. Axl Rosebush

      Bring back stocks and public canings.

  • TJG

    I guess having television and the government raise your kids wasn’t such a good idea after all.

  • NooYawkah

    Actually I have no problem with this as any statue of Christ, or any biblical figure, is a breaking of the second commandment against graven images. My problem is with the motive behind this, as I’m sure the perps weren’t thinking about the second commandment when they destroyed the statue.

    • Reality 4U

      What is so a shameful here happens to be the mindless contest of the respnders as to where and how a statue of CHRIST JESUS should be placed and for whom. I beg for the day of reckoning as to how each of you will answer for it. As for sin, we are all guilty, and a statue of the very LORD who came here for all of us should be a reminder as to how gentle, but very important HE IS.

      One thing to consider, Is when Moses and the Ten Commandments came into existence. Do not be fooled into this idea that the REVERAND of the BIBLE which is the Father of CHRIST and HIS position of statues as if it also relates to HIS SON and HIS image.

      The cross was a satanic emblem dating back to Canaan and Cush and was meant as a death symbol. When CRIST JESUS died, He was murdered on this Cross and when He was resurrected it became a symbol crucifix of His defeating Satan and death everlasting. This is also a emblem of worship, and many a statue as to this GOD fearing resolute. Do not say you all have not been told!

      • Mike

        Don, Don…It’s not the gift, but the tought that counts. I’m sure God loves the effort and sacrafice put forth to have such things made in his honor. Would you not care if your son or daughter brought you crayon drawing of you to show you that you are loved? Likewise, would you not be insulted if some one destroyed said picture?

      • Don R.

        No disrespect to any of you but do you think God looks down at our churches that man created and is impressed? I think not. How many people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of of the statues, paintings, pews, stained glass, and all the other stuff within our churches? It is only through the work of Jesus Christ and the word of God that people our saved. All the stained glass, marble, gold, etc doesn’t mean anything. In the end it all just burns up. God who created everything is looking at our hearts and not at our houses of worship. For the person who broke the statue, they have a soul and Jesus died for them. Do you care that maybe the person that broke the statue is lost and is in need of a Saviour?

    • George K.

      The church wasn’t worshiping the statue. Graven images used in worship are forbidden. A statue is not necessarily an idol.

      • flintstone438

        Sorry George K, you’re wrong. When anyone walks into a church and bows down or kneels to a STATUE of Jesus, that person is indeed paying homage to a graven image i.e. idol. That is against God’s demands set forth in His Ten Commandments. There is no way idolatry can be denied.

      • ryan trevino

        Wow, what bad Christians you are… you take the Charleton Heston movie as the word of God? “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:” Maybe you read the cliffnotes version of the Bible? Leaves a lot of leeway, don’t you think? Basically it says after something is dead, don’t make a work of art about it: hardly condemning idolatry. Besides, IF you are a Christian, then you know Jesus said the laws that came before him apply only to Jews… lest we forget where the Old Testament came from. Of course, that takes us back to back Christians… HI!!!!!!

      • Sean

        Don, Flintstone:

        Firstly, the Church doesn’t just go around blowing money on fancy things. The Church is one of the greatest chartibale institutions and has been for centuries. So get off you “wasting money” high horse. Churches and art, much like the old cathedrals of Europe, were built and made by the hands and money of the people of God as a sacrafice of the money and time to praise God.

        Secondly, statues are NOT worshipped! It is no different than having a picture of someone you love at home…. Stained Glass windows fit there, too…. I hoope you church doesn’t have them, lest by your call they should be smashed.

      • John Magee

        The Catholic Church has always been a friend of art, architecture, and music. Just two examples are the Italian Renaissance and the great cathedrals of Medieval Europe. The Italian Renaisssance supported by the Church and the Popes of the time changed the world and revived interest in the classical word that helped evolved Western Civilization into the modern world .The Church allowed all this creativity to preach the Gospels visually throught he arts during times when few peope could read. For the guy who whined about money being spent on helping people, the Church has always helped people through its many charities and the work of nuns, priests, monks and lay workers. What about the employment of the people who built and created the churches, cathedrals, art work, sculpture, stained glass windows, etc? I think the Church was probably one of the great employment agencies of all time. This desecration of a statue of Jesus is a hate crime and when scum who did it are found I hope they are made to tell what or who “inspired” this blasphemy. Heavy Metal bands have a hatred of Christianity in their ‘”lyrics” that would never be tolerated if that hatred was direcetd against any other faith.

      • Don R.

        Wouldn’t the money that was used to purchase the statue have been better spent to help the poor, the widow, the sick, and to spread the Good News? Often times our places of worship become what we worship and care about rather than the lost of the world. I in no way agree with the action but do wonder if maybe the person that committed the crime could have been served by using funds to teach and to reach rather than to build an earthly church.

    • jekyllisland

      Then you are Protestant, the Catholics believe other. Nice to see that you are forcing your religious ways on others.

      How very liberal of you

    • SavedbytheLamb

      More Anti-Catholic Garbage.

      • Chris

        The PC police has declared Christians in general and Catholics in particular to be fair game. So don’t expect the Anti-Catholic Garbage to end any time soon.

    • Jo Ann

      When you visit the Lincoln Memorial, are you worshiping a “graven image” by looking at his statue? I have several pictures of my “late” husband around the house. Am I worshipping a “graven image” of him? Hardly! They are there as a reminder of him. What would happen if someone cut off Martin Luther Kings Head on his statue/?You can be sure it would immediately be labelled a “Hate Crime” and the perpetrator be arrested and go to jail. MLK was and is highly respected. Millions more respect Jesus Christ as the Son of God and desecrating His statue is motivated by Hate, nothing else.

    • RdV

      I hope you don’t have any family photos in your house, pics of your kids in your wallet..

      “Graven” images are “things” to be worshipped ie: Golden Calf…God the Father, first Person of the Trinity is pure Spirit, no earthly body.

      He sent His son to become man, He was Incarnate, the word became Flesh…we can represent earthly things. It’s all about the Incarnation and knowing the differnce between worshinpping statues and using art as inspiration.

      The Church has been here 2000 years, most of that time most people were illiterate: all the “decoration” that Protestants hate is the Churches way of teaching the Gospel to the people…

      This has been asked and answered so many times it grows tiresome.

      PS>Have you been to the catacombs? the “images” created by the early Christians before Constantine.

  • Mallen

    Dorchester. Isn’t that where middle-class white kids live? Clearly a problem with the white, educated gangs.

    • That Guy

      Totally accurate Mallen! Because I’m white and educated but lord knows I am NEVER in poor, minority neighborhoods, and as far as I know, there is not one single public transportation route that can transport people from poor, minority neighborhoods into educated, white neighborhoods. Not saying a poor minority is responsible, it’s just ridiculous to dismiss it out of hand like Mallen did.

  • Cary

    Christians should not be alarmed. Jesus said the world would hate Him! Stunts like this, is the worst that they can do! Jesus Is ALIVE!!!!! This is all they’ve got! Big Whup! They will still have to face Him in judgement, if they don’t repent! People, who have done worse, have eventually come to be Christ’s greatest ministers. i.e.- the Apostle Paul!

    • flintstone438

      I guess this must impart some of the sadness, anger and despair felt by German Jews when in Nov.’38, the Nazis burned down synagogues on Crystal Night. The difference is that after that Nov. night, it was the Jew himself who was burned while the affected Christians can always replace the head of the statue. Did I write “statue?” Didn’t the Commandments stipulate “Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth?” Makes one stop and think, doesn’t it?

      • Ponyrunner

        Let’s be clear, Catholics are not worshipping the statue. They are worshipping Christ. If they were worshipping the statue as God, then they would be sinning against the 2nd commandment. But that’s not how it goes. Even the Ark of the Covenant had Cherubim (angels) on the top. Protestants get this wrong all the time. We don’t worship statues as gods PERIOD. God and God alone.

  • iknowwhatimtalkinbout

    Hate Crime!!!

    It is probably an agent trying to create violence among religious groups here in america to push authoritarian agendas.

  • Richard

    Sadly, this isn’t the first time that incidents like this have happened. Years ago the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (outside St.Leo’s Church in Piedmont CA) was desecrated as vandals spray painted it. In St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto, CA vandals broke into the church and desecrated the altar with blood, broke the statue of Mary and took the priest’s vestments outside and urinated on them. These are SICK individiuals in a country that is becoming increasisngly secularized.

  • Jim Hampton

    Ummm, what’s funny about Catholic nut’s is that thing called the bibles10 Commandments specifically tells these nuts not to believe in false idols (i.e. statues, rosary’s etc) and so what does the Catholic church do? They removed it! LOL!!! What a bunch of phony believing morons!!

    • RalphSchmalph

      Mr. Hampton, as a non Catholic, let me say, with all due respect, that you are a complete idiot and utterly lacking in a basic understanding of Christian theology as it applies to objects of veneration as opposed to idols.

      • yarply

        What he says is true. They did change the 2nd commandment. By omitting it.
        And seeing they pray to idols. Like the “virgin” Mary. And call the Pope Holy Father.

        I would say it is YOU who do not understand biblical doctrine.

        Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

        “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy”

        And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven.
        There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
        Their worship of me is empty, because they teach human rules as doctrines.'”

        What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

    • Rufus Choate

      Jim Hampton and Yarply,

      So let me understand your logic as members of collection of heretical “churches” numbering about 36,000 at the last count that started in the 16th Century by a Syphilitic King (Henry VIII), Power mad Lawyer (Calvin) and unfaithful Monk (Luther) all of whom retranslated and altered the meaning of the Sacred Scripture to conform to their beliefs. It is okay to desecrate an image of Jesus Christ because you as an individual interpret scripture on your own to think that images of Christ is an Idol? So that we are clear an Idol is a false God therefore your point is Christ is a false God. Correct?

      By the way the Reformation is over and your side lost. Deal with it and do a little less Bible Thumping and little more reading of Scripture. .

    • flintstone438

      Jim Hampton, how strange of the Vatican. It hates birth control, abortion and the way others’, both Christian and non-Christian worship the Creator yet it promotes idolatry. They stress how Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the Temple yet
      promote profit-motivated BINGO in church. They demand celibacy from their priests and nuns yet prefer moving priests from parish to parish after they commit sodomy.
      Priests who defile youth should be jailed, just like any other pervert. NO LENIENCY.
      But then I guess we can find hypocrisy in all faiths.

    • yarply

      lol Its not funny really. But to still have 10 they took one, split it in half and made two out of it.

    • Richard

      Statues of the HOLY FAMILY are NOT “false idols” and neither are the prayer beads that are used to say the Rosary. Get your facts straight!

    • Mike M

      I suppose you worship that photo you have of your mom. Your little mind cannot understand that Catholics are not worshiping false idol(its obvious you have NO clue what a rosary is for), statues, paintings, etc. They serve the same purpose as the photo of MY mom, i.e. a form of remembrance, a reminder of what the image stands for.

      • yarply

        What ever. The simple fact is the 2nd commandment states in part; You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;

        You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
        So, and I hope your little mind can fully appreciate the care I am using when saying this,, with all due respect, you are the idiot you accused Ralph of being.

      • liz4

        God is Spirit and man is Spirit…If man needed a picture to communicate with God, the God of the Bible would have told the Jewish people to build images of Him. He never did but went even further – He forbade it…It is an abomination to God to make any image of anything to resemble Him or anything on the earth or heavens…The Jewish people were told specifically how to do their sacrifices or read the Word – none of them were to remind them of God.

        Now as we have the Spirit of God living within us if we are believe in the Blood sacrifice of Jesus, we constantly should have communication with our Father God. If I am one with God, do I need a picture of myself to remind me of myself – Read John chapter 17.

        btw, I was a catholic in my country where we had every form of paganism mixed with the statues etc.. in the name of religion…

      • Def Leppard

        liz4, do you have photos of your friends and family in your home? Do you worship them? Neither do Catholics. Catholics don’t worship statues. How many times do you stupid Christians have to be told this? Why do you insist on fighting with Catholics every day? Why is it that of all the religious and non-religious people I know, the Christians are the most absolutely unpleasant, nasty, condescending, arrogant holier-than-thou people there are?

      • Smogrod Domoton

        I am sorry you are a fallen away Catholic. Usually people who do not know their Catholic faith to begin with are drawn away by easy answers to more complex problems. I encourage you to read ALL of Exodus before you make some broad, sweeping generalizations about what God says and doesn’t say. After all, would God tell the Isrealites to make a molten serpent and look upon it to be healed from poisonous snake bites? The answer is yes. Christ founded one Church, and history points directly to the Rock on which he founded it, Cephas (Mt. 16:18). Please don’t sell out Christ and His Church for something that will always be inferior. Too many Priests, politicians, and laypeople have already done it extraordinarily publicly. I will pray for you. Peace

      • yarply

        You are so right. He did not want people aka man making images. Especially of Him.
        Thats because he planned to make us a living image, which is a perfect likeness of himself in human form.

      • CSX

        Dead on, washed in the Blood. That is why it is faith….but the Gentiles seek a sign…..


    What you wanna bet they are DEMOCRATS???

  • David Christensen

    Welcome to Obamaville where nothingness is god.

  • Jay Palm

    Maybe if the Catholic church would start supporting legal law abiding citizens they will avoid this.
    They support pro-abotion catholics Palosi, Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry…
    and wonder whats wrong.

    • Demar Notigsky

      I agree that there is a huge segment of Catholics in this country that vote as though they were mentally unsound. You can’t support abortion and be a Catholic. They tend to forget that. Please, vociferously remind them over and over and over. I am sick of Obama saying one thing at Notre Dame, then doing another.

  • MJ

    Why is this not reported as a hate crime ? … Any other religion and it would be…and as Catholics, no, we do not pray to the statues…we pray to the Saint they represent…whoever thinks otherwise has absolutely no idea at all about the Catholic religion…just another hater…I am so tired of this persecution and yes, it is a hate crime, just as it would be if it were the Muslim or Jewish religion.

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  • Nexialist

    Another example of the religious hatred teeming in the country.

  • Michael

    “Moral decline”, indeed. Serves them right. This is how the Christians treated other religions for two Centuries. It’s amazing we have any statues at all from antiquity. See the film ‘AGORA’. The early Christian church was worse than the Taliban.

    • Moochie

      One should not get one’s history from a movie. The so-called “history” as presented in Agora was horrific & not like anything we know to be factual. Such film making is intellectually dishonest. It gets even the most basic facts abysmally wrong. It’s insulting to those of us who’ve invested our lives in historical study.

      But this is exactly how modern anti-Christians react, by knowing very little about history & making assumptions about how the supposed Golden Era(tm) of Roman society was in practice. The eisegete the past, seeing what they want to see based on their worldview, & support such hate crimes as vandalism as the beheading of a statue of Christ by saying “well the Christians did worse!!” Do you also believe the woman deserved to be raped? It’s the same argument.

      When did Christians find the time to treat other religions so poorly when they were busy trying not to be fed to lions, etc? Ever heard of Diocletian? Yeah, it was all roses for Christians under him! Yeah, things were so freaking awesome under ancient Roman rule! Let’s all go back to that!

      Please. Learn actual, real history Michael. You don’t seem to know much of it.

    • Washington Nearsider

      So Christians have advanced since the 2nd Century while the Taliban has not?

      Good to know we’re on the same page.

    • GM

      Michael, you are obviously the victim of confused thinking and have been “educated” by the same types of folks who probably “educated” the perpetrator of this hate crime. While there have been factions of the Christian church that have indeed made some rather unpleasant choices that have hurtfully impacted some people, yu are painting with too broad of a brush. The Christian church has also been the light in the darkness of many societies and peoples, giving generously and loving people, all people.

      • Aaron

        Like it or not, christian dogma caused the dark ages. sure, that was then, this is now, but the potential for horrible things to happen is still there, all that is needed is the intent.

  • Sparky2

    Decades ago people of conservative values were saying that if we don’t stop this liberal trend away from traditional religion and family values, that we would see a deterioration of the entire American culture. We’ve seen movies go to outright violence and sex, TV to the dark side and endorse liberal agendas, Christianity being ridiculed as being ‘old fashion’, gay marriage, abortion, spanking our children as ‘physical abuse’, a drug culture given favorable publicity by TV and movies, song lyrics to our children that make even adults blush…and much more. So no wonder we see this statue incident happening. The only way we will ever get out of this mess, and it keeps getting worse, is the media itself (NY and Hollywood), discipline themselves by watching their own children be victims of the very policies they allow. It will take a strong conservative president to take it to the media and pursuade them to make changes. I’m sure the majority of the American public would have his/her support.

  • Robin Scott

    That act should be a felony as well as a hate crime. It’s an assault upon religious freedom. I pray they catch the person who did this.

  • Dan S.

    I was confused by the name of this church. “Mother Teresa of Calcutta at St. Margaret’s”? Was it originally St. Margaret’s Church, then given a supplemental name for Mother Teresa? At any rate, I googled the name of the church and found their website. When I tried to load it, I got a message that said “This site may harm your computer”. Is there malware on the church’s website? Could that possibly have motivated the attack on the church’s statue?

  • The Real God

    I for one applaud these so called “vandals” for pointing out the stupidity of adults for worshiping a fictional character. It’s time for people to focus their lives on things and people that actually exist and quit dedicating their lives to fairy tales. Religion is a joke and the sooner mankind realizes that, the sooner we can focus attention on the real issues and problems that face our country and world. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

    • Mike

      We will see who has the last laugh buddy

    • Tim

      You applaud “vandals” so no one cares what your thoughts or feeling are towards anything. I think you are the problem with this country.

    • Steve Roberts

      You clearly know little about history or religion. While you and many others may not believe that Christ was the son of God, or even divine, he clearly walked this earth. All historians agree on this point. Try reading some history besides Howard Zinn.

  • Rufus Choate

    I find it interesting that everyone wishes to classify this as a hate crime and adopt the cretinous terminology of the Left that makes some people more equal than others by applying a meaningless adjective and additional penalties when they can’t even punish “non-hate” crime.

    Sure it is a crime of hate and is also diabolically inspired hatred of the sacred. It isn’t sick, stupid or misguided but simply evil and understandable in the growing anti-christian worldview of the Left.

  • Ellen Hammond

    Bad behavior, but it’s not the end of the world. Rather, it was rather common during the Reformation and the Iconoclast as Protestants ravaged Roman Catholic churches.

    Exodus 20:4

    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    • Gerdar Benderson

      Funny that people who claim to be “Bible alone” don’t know what the God says in the Bible. Because 5 chapters after the 10 Commandments, God orders the Israelites to build an arc to hold the !tablets of the law, AND HE ORDERED THEM TO MAKE IMAGES OF GOLDEN ANGELS ON IT!!! Either you don’t understand the context of “idol” or you don’t believe in the Bible. You can’t hold both ideas at the same time. I am sort of sick of the distortion of Sacred Scripture by people who take things out of context.

      • Daniel

        swallow your pride and leave out of Babylon!

      • suburbangolfer

        Yes, it is funny how people take the Bible out of context all the time to suit their own earthly interests.

        Was the statue really Jesus? Or the image of Jesus? By the way, what did Jesus look like?

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