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Statue of the Virgin Mary in Elmhurst Vandalized; NYPD Investigating as Potential Hate Crime

(Diocese of Brooklyn)

July 10, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A statue of the Virgin Mary in front of a Catholic high school in Elmhurst has been vandalized and the NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

The word “IDOL” was spray painted down the front of the statue at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary, located at 56-25 92nd St.

Staff members first discovered the graffiti at 7:30 a.m. this morning, the Diocese of Brooklyn — which also covers the borough of Queens — announced. The statue has since been cleaned.

Surveillance footage from the scene shows an individual defacing the statue of Mary at 3:09 a.m. this morning, July 10.

Cathedral Prep Vandalism from Diocese of Brooklyn Press Office on Vimeo.

The statue of the mother of Jesus has stood in front of the school for decades. It originally stood at the school’s Brooklyn location but was moved to the Queens location when the two campuses merged in 1985.

Rector and President of Cathedral Prep, Father James Kuroly, condemned the act of vandalism.

“Today, Cathedral Prep endured an act of hatred,” Kuroly said. “We were victims of vandalism against a beloved statue that is dear to generations of Cathedral students.”

“Please continue praying for those who committed this act of vandalism and hatred toward Our Lady and the Church,” Father Kuroly said. “May Mary stand forever at the doors of Cathedral Prep greeting her sons.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD’s 110th Precinct at (718) 476-9311 or call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

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Yerney

This is crime.Those who did this should be punished for this desacration.If not on earth they will answer for this to God.

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Save the Robots

Embolden lowlifes by pushing a racist agenda masquerading as something positive and this is what you get. There was be more and more of it: Skillman has been hit with tons of new graffiti just this week.

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Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?

Is there a way they could phrase “end police brutality” that you wouldn’t be so offended but?

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Save the Robots

@Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?:
I’m a lifelong registered Democrat who hasn’t been duped by Soros-funded nonsense. How does desecrating monuments, trashing stores (and taking part in Affirmative Shopping), and beating cops (and innocent bystanders) end police brutality?

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The second commandment is racist?

Were there a lot of protest signs that said “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image?” 🤦‍♂️

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Pope Realitus I

The catholic church allowing pedophiles to commit their atrocities for centuries and doing nothing, THAT is despicable.

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nuts

What does the bible say about worshipping idols? Seems to me that this is the work of a religious fundamentalist nut

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You mean that book written by dudes?

Hundreds of years after the guys in the book supposedly said it???

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Rebecca

I am surprised the church is pressing charges. I seen many things going on outside of churches but the staff usually cleans it up. At my church they had left either human or dog waste on every step including the front door. There is no way it was an accident. It looked carefully placed. But no authorities were called. They just hosed it down with water and bleach.

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Gardens Watcher

Despicable act. Wonder if this tagger is connected to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral taggers?

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Diane Oconnor

This needs to be resolved because so many people are blaming BLM & that really doesn’t make any sense

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Because BLM is tearing down statues of confederates?

Well statues of saints are different than statues of confederates. It’s subtle, but I think if you really try you can understand it.

I don’t want statues of confederates up, but then again I love America.

I don’t mind statues of saints, we have the freedom of worship.

Let me know if there’s anything else completely obvious that’s confusing you.

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People are tearing down statues of confederate slave owners

That’s exactly the same as a kid defacing a prep school lawn ornament 😂

I don’t think we should have statues of people that tried to secede, but then again I love my country.

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Save the Robots

Yet another example of where the Mostly Peaceful Protests are taking us. It’s all about spreading hatred and always has been. The MPPs have emboldened the dregs of society to express themselves (when they’re not out doing some Affirmative Shopping).

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This is the same as defacing Confederate statues

These crazy lovers want to remove statues of treasonous men, just because they loved slavery?!

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G

Verminous, little scumbags who did this should be caned in public like they do in Singapore to vandals.

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Jerry

Hey Reg, why is it a new low because it’s Christian? Isn’t it a “low” when Muslim or Jewish places of worship are vandalized? Doesn’t count right Reg?

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Cause Catholics don't shove their religion in everyone's face!!!

Stop comparing apples to cheeseburgers.

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Guest

Wow that camera quality top notch, might as well not show the video.
Kids being kids, some random disgruntled guy, there is no major damage or harm done, just acid wash it and don’t waste police resources with stuff like that (not that they will investigate it anyway, they are not going door to door smelling fingers for spray paint)

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Gardens Watcher

Looks like the person is wearing a long dress. Walking in short steps too. A kid or a disgruntled guy would have run away faster.

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Gardens Watcher

CBS showed another pic of the person from Crimestoppers. Wearing a pink head cover, thin build and waist. Looks like a woman to me.

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Moral relativity

If this had been a mosque, it would not have been a “potential” hate crime. The official outrage would be deafening.

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