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Altar desecrated at Charlotte parish

Catholic World News - January 28, 2013

The altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte was recently desecrated.

A person, or persons, broke into the church through a stained-glass window during the night, knocked over the crucifix on the altar, and desecrated the altar in a “lewd” manner before the alarm sounded, according to David Hains, the diocesan spokesman, and Father Patrick Winslow, the parish’s pastor.

When the desecration was discovered, Bishop Peter Jugis traveled to the church to perform the liturgical rites called for by canon 1211:

sacred places are desecrated by acts done in them which are gravely injurious and give scandal to the faithful when, in the judgment of the local Ordinary, these acts are so serious and so contrary to the sacred character of the place that worship may not be held there until the harm is repaired by means of the penitential rite which is prescribed in the liturgical books.

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