Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Historic Louisville Catholic Church Vandalized but Suspect is Caught by Security Guard



According to reports a Louisville man was arrested after allegedly causing damage to a historic church.

The pastor of Saint Martin of Tours Church said a man broke into the sanctuary late Sunday, October 25, 2020 and caused extensive damage to the altar.

An security guard was able to detain the suspect until officers arrived. Police have not identified the suspect.
The pastor and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be working with the archdiocesan insurance company on repairs.

Archbishop Kurtz released this statement about the vandalism:

“I thank and praise Father Paul for his strong pastoral leadership, and I am grateful to Saint Martin’s security guard and to the Louisville Metro Police Department for their prompt response. I offer my prayers for healing for the parish and for the offender.”
The pastor wrote:
Dear parishioners,
I am pleased to announce that the church will reopen today at 11:30am, that noon Mass will occur, and Adoration will resume immediately following Mass. Let us all join in thanksgiving for our police, for healing of those who suffer from mental illness and addiction, the clean up crew and all the others who were able to get the sanctuary usable in short order. Join me and Fr. David today in prayers for peace and swift restoration of our
beloved church.
In Christ,
Fr. Paul Beach
Pastor

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