Attacks on Catholic Churches Rise

The Washington Examiner
Article Source: The Washington Examiner

Article Source: The Washington Examiner

  • Advocates expressed frustration over the lack of consequences for individuals targeting Catholic churches and organizations, compared to the consequences for those targeting other religions or minority groups.
  • The number of attacks on Catholic sites has been on the rise, with reports of 174 attacks between May 2020 and September 2021, 260 anti-Catholic incidents tracked by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops since May 2020, and 324 attacks on Catholic churches reported by CatholicVote.
  • Although the FBI reported a decrease in anti-Catholic hate crimes in 2021 compared to 2020, Catholic groups argue that attacks have intensified in 2022, particularly after the Supreme Court’s May 2022 abortion ruling.
  • Critics highlight the need for more resources from the federal government to combat hate crimes targeting Catholic churches and argue that the consequences for perpetrators should be comparable to those for crimes against other religious groups. Read More

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