Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Another monastery vandalized in Israel

Catholic World News - October 03, 2012

For the second time in three weeks, a church in the Holy Land has been vandalized with graffiti. A leading Israeli newspaper reported that “Jewish extremists” are suspected of carrying out the vandalism against the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion.

Israel’s president, along with leading rabbis, condemned the vandalism.

“We only just finished with Yom Kippur,” said Conservative Rabbi Mauricio Balter, “and now we have another sin for which we must atone: contempt for another religion.”

Noting that priests in Israel are often spat upon, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Custos of the Holy Land, said that “when you say 'Christianity' to Israelis they immediately think of the Holocaust and the Inquisition.”

“If you as a Jew want people to respect you, you need to respect others,” added the Custos, who serves as superior of the region’s Franciscans.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 03, 2012 1:58 PM ET USA

    Is Fr. Pizzaballa saying that Jews think all priests participated in the Holocaust or the Inquisition today? If not, then he needs to hold Jews who disrespect holy places accountable.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days