Response to church attacks ‘indicative of hatred, intolerance’ for religion

The executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League is calling for stronger public, political and law-enforcement action to protect the faithful in response to an early-summer conflagration of anti-Catholic arson, vandalism, threats and hate speech.

The more than 20 arson and vandalism attacks on churches across the country have been widely viewed as a response to the recent identification of long-lost gravesites at abandoned Indian Residential Schools.

“To their credit, it has been the Indigenous leaders who have made the strongest statements against acts of violence,” Christian Elia said in an interview with The B.C. Catholic. “There has been far less from other civil leaders and even law enforcement, quite frankly.


St. Jean Baptiste Church in flames June 30. (CNS photo/Diane Burrel, social media via Reuters)