The San Francisco Interfaith Council, representing 800 faith communities and religious institutions, issued a statement of solidarity with the Archdiocese of San Francisco after a vandal left nine windows smashed at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Jan. 31.
“Horrific incidents, as the vandalism suffered by the Cathedral, are a stark reminder that San Francisco is not exempt from the destructive behavior of those who seek to damage houses of worship,” Michael G. Pappas, the council’s executive director, wrote.
“If anything, this costly incident has strengthened our collective resolve to address the issue in a united manner.”
There have been no arrests in the case so far.
Pappas told Catholic San Francisco the attack shocked him when he heard about it. “Father Art (Albano) is on our board and St. Mary’s is one of our shelter sites, and we have historically very close connections to the cathedral. It felt like a violation of a very close partner in our interfaith work,” he said.
In the aftermath of several terrorist attacks against religious congregations in the past year, the SFIC has placed an increasing emphasis on security in houses of worship. St. Mary’s Cathedral held a security workshop in September attended by more than 300.
The above comes from a Feb. 10 story in Catholic San Francisco.