A new wave of vandalism of churches in France shows what church leaders have long been trying to make clear to a less than receptive mainstream media: Christianity is under attack. These are not simple acts of vandalism, but deliberately anti-Christian gestures. In fact, in recent years there have been hundreds of attacks on churches, robberies, desecrations and even church buildings set on fire.
As reported by the Spanish news site Religion en Libertad, in just one week three churches near, Paris, have been desecrated, not to mention the serious attack on the Saint-Denis basilica in which a man, before being arrested, hit several statues and a shrine with a metal bar. The French periodical Famille Chretienne states that, in the night between January 9 and 10, two churches were the scene of robberies and desecrations. These are two buildings of worship belonging to the diocese of Saint-Denis. Nearby, on the night of January 6, the church of Saint-Germain in Vitry-sur-Seine (in the diocese of Créteil, in Val de Marne) was also desecrated.
On January 13, the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced the establishment of a fund of four million euros to equip sacred buildings with video surveillance systems, precisely because of the new wave of attacks: “As Minister, my task is to protect” these places. So let’s increase the means to equip especially places of worship with video protection.”
Between January and October 2021, some 1,380 anti-religious acts (insults, vandalism, desecrations) were recorded in France, a figure down 17% from the previous year, says the French Ministry of the Interior Among these, 686 acts were directed against Christianime targets, where in 2019 there were 921, a decrease was 25%. The decrease is partly comforting, but sacrilegious acts in the once strongly Catholic France remain many, too many, and confirm a disturbing trend for the entire world that was once respected Christian culture.