Opinion: “Mullane: Hate crimes where ‘hate has no home’”

The following opinion piece was published online on October 19, 2019 on The Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA), written by JD Mullane:

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Buckingham has again had its pro-life display vandalized.

In Central Bucks County, where yard signs assure that “Hate Has No Home Here,” acts of hatred are perpetrated on the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Catholic parish in Buckingham Township. It’s been happening for years.

Pictured Above (from The Intelligencer): Memorial Crosses outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Buckingham, PA)

The latest came last weekend. Sometime on Saturday Oct. 12 and into Sunday the 13th, about 40 of 61 small, white pro-life crosses were destroyed. The crosses, each adorned with a red flower, were set on parish property along busy Route 413 near the intersection at Cold Spring Creamery Road.

“They were broken up, smashed to pieces, and scattered,” said Father Robert Ianelli, parochial vicar.

A pair of signs urging a halt to abortion were stolen, too, Father Ianelli said.

“It’s happened before, but this time the damage was over the top, for sure,” he said.

The crosses were yanked, broken and piled in what appears to be some sort of rage.

The vandalism at OLG usually happens in the fall, in October, when the pro-life display is set out. Catholic parishes throughout Bucks County have similar displays. They are comprised of low, white crosses accompanied with signs informing passers-by that each cross represents 1 million surgical abortions since 1973, the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in all states. Catholics know that amounts to 61 million procedures, which has resulted in the aborting of one in every three Americans over the last 46 years.

Those breathtaking numbers are why each October is “Respect Life Month” for authentic Catholics, who are compelled by faith and conscience to express public opposition to abortion. At the same time, they privately pray and fast to end abortion, usually by committing to the annual “40 Days For Life,” this year September 25 to Nov. 3.

“It’s a time when we thank God for the gift of life, and call to mind the sacredness of human life, from the beginning stages to its end,” Father Ianelli said.

But public opposition to abortion isn’t welcome by everyone.

“That’s our experience here,” Father Ianelli said.

The parish was first attacked in 2011, the year it opened, police records show, when a rock was hurled through a window over an entrance door of the south side of the church.

In October 2018, a sign outside the parish was defaced with the word “pedophiles” in spray paint. More vandalism was recorded on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 last year, with wood posts holding signs seeking those interested in the Catholic faith were broken and tossed.

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