Santa Cruz church defaced, Serra baptismal font broken

The following excerpt comes from a May 8 story on

Vandals defaced a landmark Santa Cruz church early Sunday, scrawling phrases in spray paint on its walls and breaking a historic baptismal font in its garden, church officials said.

Staffers at Holy Cross Catholic Church on High Street just north of downtown found the vandalism at 7 a.m. when they were preparing for Sunday Mass, said Deacon Warren Hoy.

Phrases like, “The true evil,” “For my ancestors” and “We all have heathen blood,” were written on walls of the church, which was built near the original Santa Cruz Mission, Hoy said. 

“Obviously the first feeling was shock — to come in to find vitriol directed against you,” Hoy said of parishioners’ reaction. “Then some anger was involved, saying, ‘Why would you do this?’ That resolved itself pretty quickly. A lot of it now is just bewilderment.”

A stone baptismal font in the garden — which Father Junipero Serra brought to the original mission in 1791 — was spray painted with the word “evil” and was knocked over and broken, Hoy said. Two statues, of Junipero Serra and the Virgin Mary, were covered in paint.

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Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:12 AM By Dan
Welcome to the culture wars.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:57 AM By Canisius
Another Satanic assault by the tolerant secular leftist thugs, they are the religion of the self with sacraments of abortion and sodomy…Oh how I wish they would meet me in a dark alley….

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:43 AM By C&H
I hope they can repair the baptismal fount. People who do things like this should go to jail for a long time.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:58 AM By Dana
That is so distressing and utterly frightening to think people hate something that is so beautiful and so good. If Holy Cross has a need for donations, I hope we will be told where to send help.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:18 AM By Brad
Demons duped poor souls into writing this message on the cross using their physical hands and spray paint. The demons want their own “non serviam” to be echoed by humans, by attempting to put enmity between creatures and the Holy Trinity, especially between creatures and our Savior, the Lamb who was slain for us. May God rebuke the demons who incited this.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:27 AM By Thomas Edward Miles
It is called a HATE CRIME!

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:17 AM By Ygnacia
These vandals dishonor the Ohlone people that they claim as their own, a claim I find very hard to believe, knowing the native people in the area.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:23 AM By Ted
If you so much as question any of the tenets of the “progressive” (liberal) far left, you are the hater, and because you are a hater you deserve no property or other rights. Welcome to reality in a state dominated by the far-left.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:28 AM By OneoftheSheep
Hate crimes…and it has only just begun.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:55 AM By St. Christopher
This is entirely to be expected. The graffitti people were accurate to the extent of claiming “heathen blood”. More importantly, there is now a virtually complete rupture between the average young adult and the Catholic Church, regarding what the Faith means, what people must do to lead moral lives, and the role of God (and Jesus Christ) in their lives. Most assuredly, evangelical protestants did not deface the Church, but those representing “every man” (or student). By seeking to become relevant since Vatican II, the Church has largely confessed to the weakness of its moral leadership, of its timeless message. There is a small voice calling to all to embrace the Faith of Our Fathers, but there is a massive institutional resistance in today’s Church to be anything other than the “New Modern Catholic Church”. As Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church of the future will likely be smaller, but it will be the True Church. Events like this disgusting vandalism will become more overt and accepted; remember “Kristallnacht” in pre-war Germany? The Church simply cannot go on in its bi-furcated state: N.O. and Bl. John XXIII Masses; no Latin being required in American seminaries, notwitstanding Veterum Sapientia (1962), and all the rest. (And, why is it that blind obedience is demanded of everything regarding VII, when concurrent Apostolic Constitutions, like “Veterum Sapientia”, and Motu Proprio, like “Summorum Pontificum”, are so openly reviled and ignored by almost all bishops around the world?) How many true and practising Catholics around the world re revolted by the conduct of bishops in ignoring the largely homosexual clergy attacks on children, while constantly asking for more and more money (to pay for judgments, as well as other monuments to their own glory). Wonderful bishops like Bishop Morlino (Madison, WI) are attacked by concerted liberal Catholics, while the Vatican does little to support their traditional positions. Quo Vadis, Papa Benedetto?

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:00 AM By gk
Wow, nobody better tell those idiot-vandals that they live in the town of the holy cross (Santa Cruz).

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:24 AM By Perrywrinkle
Prayers for their welfare would be a shock to those people-especially if public prayers were solicited-and might even shock some of us who are offended.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:33 AM By JMJ
Well, if we can hang Jesus on the Cross and kill His children in their mother’s womb, why can’t these kids destroy something else that is good and beautiful? GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED and His answer to all of this hate won’t be very pleasant to any of us. Come Lord Jesus, and have mercy on these as they don’t know just what they are doing. +JMJ+

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:35 AM By Abeca Christian
I am heart broken. God forgive those who hate what is good, may he convert their hearts. I am sorry Lord for this. You do not deserve this hatred. We love you Jesus!

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:11 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Just another product of our so called education system, including many that call themselves Catholic, that teaches lies about the Missions and their spiritual purpose. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:17 PM By Maryanne Leonard
This is heartbreaking to me personally, as many years of my life were spent in Santa Cruz, my husband and I were married just outside of the town, and my brother went to college at the University of California at Santa Cruz. As a mosaic artist, I work with broken objects all the time. Judging from the photograph of the baptismal font looks reparable to me, though it calls for an expert of antiquities caliber, perhaps located through a museum. It would be a crime to discard the font and a tragedy to have someone handy, even like myself, try to repair it with the wonderful garden-variety means available today. I say repair it and utilize the font for its original intent, displaying the breaks with pride. After all, the vandalism against these physical objects is not only a significant part of our history, however recent, its repair and continued dignified use would also be symbolic of the indestructibility of our faith. One of the reasons I was drawn to mosaics is that when it is elevated to the level of art, it can create something new out of broken objects that would otherwise be lost forever. As a survivor of severe, even extreme child abuse of all kinds, I can relate to the practicality of making something new out of brokenness. In the case of the font and the Church, perhaps people would be inspired to stay strong were they to see the baptismal font repaired and the Church restored to its former serene beauty, as it stood, that is, prior to this explosion of hatred by those possessed of Satanic evil.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:35 PM By Life Lady 
I am sickened and nearly speechless. Yes welcome to the culture war, the martyrs of ancient times are watching us. God grant us the graces we will need to face these attacks with our eyes on Him.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:37 PM By Matthew
Such a historical baptismal font had no business being kept in a garden as a bird bath. It should be conserved and placed indoors where it will be secure.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:05 PM By Anne T.
Well, some pagan organizations have condemned this and call for their version of excommunication of whoever did this, so it seemss the vandalizer or vandalizers have cursed themselves from both sides.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:26 PM By Tracy
The atheist can just taste victory! I don’t recall a single article in CCD saying that the authorities have caught a single one of the perpetrators associated with the various Catholic church vandalisms/arson cases over the past few years. And if I hear one more priest preach “in todays age fortunately we don’t have to deal with persecution but……” Pray pray pray.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:45 PM By Jeff
Anti-catholicism comes to America…………again, but this time not from other Christian religions but rather from the secular left.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 4:33 PM By Matthew
The secular “right” is plenty intolerant of the Catholic Church as well!

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:24 PM By Anna Asher
so maybe, just maybe, we don’t want to put the historic font outside in the garden?

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:34 PM By gk
As a thought exercise, just imagine how the media would treat this were it an abortion mill treated this way…

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:47 PM By JLS
I agree with your assessment about the font, Maryanne.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:55 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
12:17 PM By Maryanne Leonard, That is a great idea, a restored monument that shows the damage of hatred would be great, even one just glued back together would be better than discarding this precious artifact. Please contact the pastor and share your idea with him. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:38 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Matthew, the incontrovertible fact is that few people on the secular right would consider it a credit to their personal, social or political philosophies to go out and vandalize and destroy a Catholic church and its ancient artifacts in order to get across their conservative positions. This is the work of a lost soul with no fear of God and without personal honor. It is a very rare member of the secular right indeed who is so consumed by evil even to think such twisted thoughts, let alone be stupid enough to risk jail time for such destructive crimes and the pronounced disdain of his or her friends and family. While your point may be weak indeed, had you had written that some members of the secular right disdain, and some even openly denounce, Catholicism, I would have had to agree with you. However, even in so doing, they would be merely expressing their opinions, however contorted, a treasured right in our still mostly free country, and not damaging sacred ground, a sanctified place of worship, or any of our precious, historical religious artifacts touched by the hands of one of our most dedicated saints whose powerful work on behalf of God and humankind lives on to this very day. On the contrary, members of the secular right could be counted on, almost to a man or woman, to denounce such despicable acts as crimes against God and mankind and insist on righteous punishment for such ungodly crimes of destruction.

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 9:23 AM By Anne T.
Tracy, I have a sneaky suspicion that some of our legislators know all about some of this, but just will not do anything about it. Some might even be involved, including the feds. I do not trust our government any more to do the right thing.

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 11:46 AM By Maryanne Leonard
Thanks you for your comments, JLS and Kenneth, and for your suggestion, Kenneth. I decided to follow through on your advice and did forward the article and comments to the pastor at Holy Cross in Santa Cruz. The name of this charming coastal community, exceptionally rich with natural beauty and fascinating history going back hundreds of years, actually means Holy Cross in Spanish, for those readers who may not know.

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 12:13 PM By joe
There have been a number of these attacks in California. Those in San Francisco (spraying Churches and the Archdiocesan Office), were from gays, upset about the Churches opposition to Gay Marriage. Those in the East Bay were presumably from Satanic cults, because satanic icons were sprayed on the walls. The last Church arson attack in SF, Corpus Christi, was caused by a Muslim guy. To put it mildly, blaming Vatican II as a cause, seems a bit absurd.

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 1:48 PM By Rebecca Barrido 
There’s a spiritual battle going on. Man transgresses Gods laws and make himself God. This nation will meet it’s Waterloo is citizens will not come together and pray. Modernism, liberalism, atheism, materialism, consumerism paganism and satanism gnaw the core of society. The devil tickles the mind of the leaders the powerful the prestigious, the intelligent and the wealthy to oppose the teachings of the Catholic church. They hate moral teachings and they oppose Gods laws. ” For though we live in this world we do not wage a war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not of this world. On the contrary they have divine power to DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. WE DEMOLISH ARGUMENTS AND EVEN PRETENSIONS THAT SETS ITSELF UP AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND WE TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. The vandals are either disgusted of himself, follows the example of the liberals and modernists, from another religion, a member of a cult, a pagan or possessed by hatred anger and pride. We pray for his conversion. May the members of the church buy novenas to the Holy Spirit prayer to St. Michael after mass every member wear the Blessed Brown Scapular pray the rosary, chPlet of mercy, confess and recieve communion. The devil spares no one. We pray that the Baptisimal font be restored. oh Holy Spirit give us His fruits and gifts. We pray that the culprit be caught for he might do more vandalism. If he is young may the parents surrender him and if he is an adult may St. Micahel take care of him. oh my Jesus protect the church and it’s members from the agent of Darkness. Virgin Mary queen of angels send the Angels to protect the church and the members. Angels and saints pray for us Amen.

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 6:48 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
11:46 AM By Maryanne Leonard, Please let us all know if you get a response! If I can afford the gas, I would be willing to drive up there and glew it together with cement glue myself. I have a strong devotion and love for Blessed Junipero Serra. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher