DORCHESTER (CBS) – Police are investigating after a Blessed Virgin Mary statue was set on fire outside of a Dorchester church. Police were called to the Saint Peter’s Parish church on Bowdoin Street around 10 p.m. Saturday night.

“This is obviously someone disturbed, someone who has a lot of trouble, a troubled soul,” said Father John Currie, the pastor of Saint Peter’s Parish. He said the plastic flowers the statue was holding on were set on fire.

The arms, hands, and face of the statue have burn marks.

“Sadness. Disappointment. Our image of our lady is so important to us in our faith,” he said.

There are surveillance cameras in the area but the ones the church owns do not capture the statue.

The statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized at Saint Peter’s Parish in Dorchester. (WBZ-TV)

Folks who live nearby or attend church at Saint Peter’s are disgusted by what had happened.

“It’s not right, it’s not fair,” said Donald Ellis. “That’s total destruction.”

“I don’t know what is going on, only God knows. I hope that something good comes of all of this,” said Vincent Watty.

Pastor Currie said in times like these its important to exercise forgiveness. “The message of love, and peace, and mercy, and forgiveness. Again, this person may be troubled and we don’t want to add to trouble in the world or your life. We want to be an instrument of healing for your reconciliation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police at (617) 343-4335.

Comments (26)
  1. Holly says:

    Whoever did this is a complete a$$hole.

    1. Veritatus1 says:

      Don’t you mean “Ma$$hole”?

  2. sj says:

    This should be treated as a hate crime.

  3. Aboli says:

    Democrats did this and will do more.

  4. I Am Spartacus says:

    I wonder if the punk who did this realizes they will be charged with a federal hate crime?…. Whoopsie

  5. George says:

    The Catholic Church has brought this on themselves. They have coddled and funded illegal immigrants and the BLM crowd for decades. Not comparing the two, but illustrating the bleeding heart liberal attitude of the church. Checkout where they spend Cathoic Charities funds. They don’t teach how to fish, they prefer to give other people’s money away and absolve themselves.

    1. THING, ROBERT says:

      That’s your opinion but then answer me why they attack Columbus, Fredrick Douglas, Jewish and War Memorials. Because it’s anarchy running wild and when they get to the name George that offends them you’ll understand.

      1. prxam2 says:

        @ Thoth al Khem: “There are millions of people in the world who hate the Catholic Church for what they THINK it is, but only a handful for what it really is”(Archbishop Fulton Sheen) AS a “Biblical scholar” you should know more than most that calumny and spreading falsehood about others is forbidden in the 10 Commandments.

  6. D Yank says:

    There is a very easy solution to this cr*p…. When you catch them, spray them with the lighter fluid and light them on fire…. Just like the ones with the Spray Paint…. Take the can from them and empty the rest of the can on their head and face…. If that doesn’t change their attitude, use the can to beat them within an inch of their life…..

  7. These are your communist Antifa at work.

  8. Thoth al Khem says:

    I am a Bible Scholar. The word MISTRANSLATED into English as VIRGIN, transliterated is ALMA and DOES NOT mean virgin but YOUNG WOMAN. The Hebrew word VIRGIN is beulah. In LATIN the word Virgin is VIRGA INTACTA as in: intact hymen. That word is NOT Used but VIRGO is meaning, ONCE AGAIN….YOUNG WOMAN… the so called VIRGIN BIRTH is just ANOTHER LIE propagated by the lying VATICAN. Y’shua’s father was YEHOSEF.

  9. Thoth al Khem says:

    The 2nd Commandment which the Vatican REMOVED from the Catholic Bible commands NO STATUES. 2nd longest Commandment of the 10…..the LONGEST commandment is the SATURDAY SABBATH…..NOT SUNDAY. 4 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.

    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

    1. Paul says:

      Thumbs UP!

    2. TJ says:

      You might want to double check all of your assertions. In Matthew 1, Matthew uses the Greek word “parthenos” which means “virgin.” He wrote at least decades before the forerunner of what became the Vatican was even remotely dreamed up. And I am looking right at my Catholic Bible and lo and behold, there is the commandment you claim the Church removed. Nope, it’s still there.

  10. nancyjsimpson says:

    The entire Catholic Church should be raided and taken down. It is the largest organized pedophile ring in the history of the earth.

    1. YourMotherHasNoLegs says:

      Drink poison, you piglet.

  11. Paul says:

    Now that the Virgin Mary Statue is Black she will be left alone?

    1. jb says:

      My thoughts exactly, though they’ll probably try to “cancel” her for appearing in blackface.

  12. Bill says:

    Communism and religion can’t co-exist. Got to destroy the churches before installing Communism.

  13. Now that the Confederate Battle Flag and the Confederate Statues have all been taken down and destroyed and nobody did ANYTHING to stop it, I hope the communists burn everything to the ground.

  14. Bill says:

    Nancy says people will do what they do. She is fine with hate crimes.

  15. YourMotherHasNoLegs says:

    Frigging punk should have his hands broken.

  16. Kathleen says:

    The San Gabriel Mission in Ca. was burned on the 12th. Prior to that, statues of the founder, Father Junipero Serra, were destroyed. A huge ship in San Diego went on fire on the 12th. BLM likes to burn things. Hundreds of churches have defaced or destroyed in Europe.

  17. Muslims now doubt.Don’t they know that Christians love this stuff.The more pain and hate you give them the more they feel angelic and blessed.

  18. Catholics are utterly surprised that the angry mob is coming for the church, and yet, even with all this, they will vote en masse for Democrats come November as they have for decades. They have yet to make the connection that the politicians they routinely vote for are the cheerleaders and enablers of these attacks on Catholics, the Church, and everything it stands for. And the Catholic clergy? They’ve been the worst enablers and supporters of the hard Left for years, and not surprisingly, they are keeping their silence now. Either the Catholic church stands for something and is willing to fight for it, or it completes its capitulation to the Left and is done.

  19. billygat says:

    Just yet more Anti-Catholics bigotry by Democrats. This is just a continuation of the Anti-Catholic bigotry that’s been tearing down the Columbus statues. I wonder how Democrats feel about continuing the work of the KKK after they supposedly disavowed their KKK past?

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