The head of the Vatican’s liturgical department has denounced last week’s wave of church vandalism in France, while others decry the “shameful” government silence surrounding the affair.
“The acts of desecration and vandalism in the churches are highly reprehensible,” tweeted Cardinal Robert Sarah (pictured), the prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Divine Worship.
Meanwhile, a priest from the diocese of Albi in southwest France expressed his astonishment at the silence of the French government as well as the mainstream media over the desecration of five Catholic churches over the course of five days.
The five profaned Catholic churches spanned across the country, occurring in the cities of Dijon, Nîmes, Houilles, Maisons-Laffitte, and Lavaur.
This violence is serious: it reaches places of worship, places of peace for all; it deeply wounds many believers in their faith,” said another priest, Father Grosjean, from the diocese of Versailles, on Twitter.