DENVER — A Catholic church in Boulder County, Colorado, was vandalized Sunday with professional-abortion graffiti in what law enforcement explained as a “bias motivated” crime, the hottest in a surge of nationwide anti-Catholic attacks.

Worshipers arrived for Mass at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville “to discover abortion graffiti defacing the church indicator, sanctuary entry doorways, backyard garden indication, and the partitions surrounding the making,” the neighborhood law enforcement division mentioned Monday in a statement.

The spray-painted messages bundled “My system my choice” and “Bans off our bodies.” Vandals also sprayed above the phrase “Life” on a “Respect Life” garden stone to make it examine, “Respect bodily autonomy,” as demonstrated in pics posted by the police.

“The actions of these folks are not consultant of the citizens of Louisville, nor do they mirror the mission of our city,” claimed Louisville Police Main Dave Hayes. “The true illustration of the group in Louisville are people that surrounded St Louis Catholic Church and served eliminate the graffiti Sunday after Mass.”

He asked the community to aid discover a few people proven on surveillance video approaching the church at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Louisville law enforcement described the vandalism as “bias motivated prison mischief.”

The assault in Louisville, an upscale suburb of about 20,000, follows a nationwide spike in vandalism and criminal mischief towards Catholic churches, murals and statuary that started past summer amid the George Floyd protests.

The U.S. Convention of Catholic Bishops, which keeps a tally of the incidents, documented as of Aug. 24 at the very least 93 incidents in 28 states considering that May well 2020, like “arson, statues beheaded, limbs lower, smashed, and painted, gravestones defaced with swastikas and anti-Catholic language and American flags upcoming to them burned.”

A number of attacks have occurred in Colorado. In June, the historic Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver was tagged with anti-Catholic graffiti, according to the Catholic News Agency.

In February, a lady was revealed on movie footage smashing and throwing things, which include a statue and flower baskets, at the altar of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Denver, KDVR-Tv set documented.

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