The Manhattan Beach Catholic Church and its adjacent sidewalk were recently tainted with graffiti with anti-Clerical and anti-Catholic messages, officials say, and police were still looking for suspects this week.
Representatives of the Catholic Church of American Martyrs arrived at the site of worship for Sunday morning Mass earlier this month and found that the outer wall and sidewalk on the north side of the building – and in front of the statues – had been tainted with hated messages written in red spray. paint, the Manhattan Beach police said.
The church’s recording system recorded two people walking in the vandalized area shortly before midnight on October 16, the day before the graffiti was discovered, police said.
The suspects, according to a police press release, “appear to have released an aerosol believed to be paint and then left the area.”
Monsignor John Barry said in a written statement that the graffiti was discovered around 6:45 a.m. on October 17 before mass officials, after calling the police, painted over the graffiti and were able to do so before the mass ended, Barry said.
“My first reaction was not to publicize this kind of hatred as it would only encourage these people,” Barry wrote. “But at the same time, I know that we must confront these acts of vandalism and destruction, which have increased not only in our area, but throughout the country.”
According to Barry, the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference monitors vandalism against the church, with 100 incidents reported between May 2020 and October 10 of this year.
Investigators are interested in viewing any footage from this location between 11:50 pm on October 16th and 12:15 pm on October 17th. Anyone with information on graffiti can call the Police Department’s emergency number at 310-802-5171.