Somehow, criminals lifted this $2 million gold tabernacle from a Catholic Church in Brooklyn, then threw Communion elements around and knocked the head off an angel just for fun
· · May 31, 2022 · NottheBee.com

New York crime is getting to new levels of crazy, y'all.

NYPD

From CNN:

A tabernacle valued at $2 million was stolen from a Catholic church in Brooklyn last week and statues of angels flanking the altar were decapitated in the process, police said.

Power tools were used to "forcefully cut open" the altar and access the 18-karat gold tabernacle, the New York City Police Department said.

The theft occurred at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in the Park Slope area sometime between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday, according to the NYPD.

How far has this city fallen that churches are being subjected to such theft and vandalism?

They knocked the head off an angel statue!

The statement from the church helps explain how deeply disrespectful this act is.

The tabernacle dates back to when the church was built in the 1890s and "is irreplaceable due to its historical and artistic value," the Diocese of Brooklyn said in a statement. "The Holy Eucharist housed inside the Tabernacle was thrown all over the altar," the statement said.

"This is devastating, as the Tabernacle is the central focus of our church outside of worship, holding the Body of Christ, the Eucharist, which is delivered to the sick and homebound," Father Frank Tumino, pastor of St. Augustine, said in the statement from the diocese.

"To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful Church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect," Tumino said.

Police are still looking for any leads, but it's impossible to say if the culprits will ever be found in the criminal wasteland that used to be called America's finest city.


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