Not only monuments to Confederate heroes but also Catholic shrines and statues are coming down or being targetted for such

Not only monuments to Confederate heroes but also Catholic shrines and statues are coming down or being targetted for such

1. Passaic tears down shrine to Virgin of Guadalupe

The town of Passaic dismantled a shrine to Our lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The shrine has sat at the corner of Madison and Hope avenues for the past 14 years. Danielle Parhizkaran/

Vandals couldn’t destroy it, and numerous storms couldn’t harm it, but the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Passaic finally came down on Wednesday after 14 unauthorized years at the corner of Hope and Madison avenues.

Passaic Mayor Hector Lora ordered the shrine taken down in order to remove the religious display from land owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and thus restore the separation of church and state. Lora, the city’s newly-elected mayor who is also a minister, said he could not allow the religious display to permanently occupy public ground.

“The shrine was located illegally on public property and its removal should not come as a surprise,” Lora said. “For over six months the city offered multiple resolutions for relocating the shrine, and all of those suggestions were rejected.”

Lora said the icon — a wooden log enclosed in a glass case — had been removed to a “secure location,” which he would not disclose. The statues, candles and floral displays were all given to the group that maintained the shrine, known as Mayordomia Guadalupe.

The shrine was the ad-hoc effort of a community of believers, built on state land and without permits. As the shrine grew, city officials simply looked the other way. It wasn’t until 2012, when vandals attacked and nearly destroyed the shrine, that the city officials took any interest. But when members of the Mexican community chose to rebuild, city officials did nothing to stop it.

The future of the shrine is uncertain. Mayordomia Guadalupe has been looking for a new location for the past six months, and has spoken to several churches, among them, St. Anthony of Padua in Passaic.

The group is also considering moving the shrine to private property. Rene Barrera, the vice president of Mayordomia Guadalupe, was at the shrine on Wednesday with a petition that listed 42 Sixth Street and 171 Passaic Street as alternative locations.

The shrine was the religious center of Passaic’s large Mexican community, and its removal delivered a stunning blow. A crowd gathered and watched in cold silence as the a crew from the city Department of Public Works dismantled the shrine piece by piece.

“I feel so powerless just standing here watching them take it apart,” said Delfino Rocha. “It’s been here for 14 years and it’s not bothering anybody. Why do they have to remove it now?”

Another bystander, Esteban Dominguez, said tearing down the shrine would likely lead to protests at City Hall.

“The mayor is not going to like what the reaction is going to be,” he said.

The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before a Mexican peasant, Juan Diego in 1531. Poor Mexicans turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe for help in trying times.

“We believe that she will give us the strength to live a better life,” Dominguez said. “It gives us hope, and everybody lives for hope.”

The shrine grew out of the day in 2003 when two Mexican teenagers were chopping brush with a machete just off Hope Avenue. The boys came upon a tree stump, and one of the boys claimed to have seen the face of the Virgin Mary in the wood.

Word quickly spread of the “miraculous sighting,” and believers from all over rushed to the spot, which was right-of-way along Route 21 that is owned by the state.

Passaic’s mayor at the time, Sammy Rivera, let the community erect the shrine, and the state Department of Transportation didn’t object. Over the years, the shrine became the spiritual center for many; there were always fresh flowers, a Saturday evening prayer service, and an annual May procession that would draw hundreds in which the icon was paraded through the streets.

Vandals struck one May night in 2012, and destroyed much of the shrine. But the icon, wrapped in its crimson and red vestments and enclosed in glass, was saved, and removed for a time to nearby St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.

The shrine was eventually rebuilt, with a mural as a backdrop. But Lora said problems arose when Mayordomia Guadalupe set up a collection box at the site, and also ran electrical lines to furnish power to security lighting.

Lora said he could not allow a religious group to occupy public property and collect money.

“I am standing for the law,” Lora said.

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16 comments on “Not only monuments to Confederate heroes but also Catholic shrines and statues are coming down or being targetted for such

  1. See also: “Saint Louis University removes ‘racist’ statue of Catholic priest praying over Native Americans”

    “Move afoot to remove statue of Junipero Serra.”

  2. HowlinglyAbsurd on August 18, 2017 at 10:22 AM said:

    Will they have to take down the statues of previous popes? John Paul II defended traditional marriage. That has to be a flag for some progressive modernists pushing the new morality.

  3. It appears “terrorists” are coming also from within. God help us.

  4. It wasn’t a mistake. It was a reply to the issue of changing canon law (but applies). If modernists are going to change canon law, surely they won’t stop there. Statues of popes and saints will have to go if they don’t fit with the Left’s agenda (or the modernist agenda in Catholicism). What about stained glass windows? Icons?

    But there have already been efforts against Catholic statues.
    Junípero Serra , Columbus, the statue of Jesuit missionary Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet at St. Louis University. The new iconoclasm will surely move against Catholic art and architecture. Doesn’t Catholicism itself enslave women to oppressive gender roles of anti-feminist patriarchy, progressives will claim. And what about Jesus? Didn’t he teach outdated morality?

    This is Saul Alinsky in action. Freeze the target. It’s Alinskyite dialectic to paint their opponents in the worst terms possible, using slander and lies if necessary. There is so much Alinskyite stuff going on right now that it is hard keeping track in the middle of the latest psy-op of this circus.

    They have already raised the Catholic piñata in this theater-of-the absurd play. Columbus has been a boogeyman for Cultural Marxists and the anti-colonialist Left for years (when they are not reviving the Spanish Inquisition or resurrecting Franco for anti-Catholic hysteria – favorite meme of the late anti-Catholic agitator Christopher Hitchens). They will get to that again, just as Obama did some finger wagging and scolding over the Crusades after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Remember that one? It’s the first thing that comes to mind for an anti-Christian Marxist. Blame Pope Urban II.

    Statue controversy at St. Louis University (from The College Fix in 2015):

    Complaints prompt Catholic university to remove statue of priest praying over Indians

    • HowlinglyAbsurd says:

      It wasn’t a mistake.

      Sorry about that. I restored your comment to its original thread but am keeping it on this thread where its also is relevant.

  5. Pope John Paul II never supported same-sex marriage or giving Communion to unrepentant adulterers and the divorced and remarried, so progressive modernists will probably call for all statues of JP2 to be taken down because he supported repression and oppression. In fact, the sculpted image of Moses on the Supreme Court building will have to come off, if liberals really want to be consistent.

    How did Separation of Church and State enthusiasts miss this:
    Old Testament lawgiver on Supreme Court building:

    With the Ten Commandments (offensive to highly sensitive, hysterical, and neurotic PC liberals and secular humanist agitators). This is directly from the Bible so how was this allowed? Liberals have to take Moses off the building and rename the town (Washington – named after dead western Episcopalian plantation owner, Revolutionary war hero, first president of the United States, and father of his country, George Washington). Which will break first, the building or the sanity of liberals? Get the men in white coats ready with the large butterfly net.

    • HowlinglyAbsurd says:

      Liberals have to … rename the town (Washington …) …

      and above:

      Reverting to Native American names for all places might work.

      How about Patawomeck (or Potomac) City, DC (to distinguish it from nearby Potomac, MD)?

      According to Wikipedia:

      Patawomeck (or Potomac), a Native American tribe for whom the Potomac River was named

      General Potomac, a revolutionary war hero who lived along the banks of the Potomac River who was revered by Native Americans as a protector of the land in the region now surrounding the Washington D.C. metropolitan area

      N.B.: I don’t wish to get into what Native American names to substitute for “Columbia” in the District of Columbia or “Mary” in Maryland (or “America” in American, etc., etc., ad absurdam).

      • They may have to rename the Georgetown district. George Town? Another oppressive male from pre-Revolutionary England connected with serfs, tobacco plantations, and involuntary servitude. Potomac University has a nice sound to it. Piscataway for Washington.

        • According to Wikipedia:

          In 1632, English fur trader Henry Fleet documented a Native American village of the Nacotchtank people [or the Anacostia, an anglicised variant] called Tohoga on the site of present-day Georgetown …

          Thus, a few other possible Native American names for Georgetown.

        • Well the university there is at risk of being sold for ‘reparations.’ for slavery. See:
          Does the Jesuit order need to be dismantled to appease PC SJW crowd? Or do they serve as ‘useful idiots’ for the cause, thereby escaping the chopping block?

          • A series of secret society intrigues led to the suppression of the Jesuits in the late 1700s
            ( under Pope Clement XIV in 1773). Since then anti-Catholic secret societies figured out other ways to neutralize the Catholic Church. Among other things, they created modernism as a movement within the Church to promote an agenda similar to that of the Jacobins of the French Revolution. In the 20th century, both Communists and Illuminati occultists were used to infiltrate the Church and impose a weird agenda with help from Marxist homosexuals who now pretty much control the Vatican II and Novus Ordo bureaucracy that passes itself off as the Catholic Church.

            They could always rename Georgetown University “Tohoga University” to get back to a pre-Western and pre-European feel. Of course, the stone buildings would have to come down and be replaced by teepees. Not sure how students feel about wearing leather loincloths in December and January but they should get used to it, along with the complete removal of flush toilets and indoor plumbing.

  6. More dead western males on the Supreme Court building.

    From left: Napolean Bonaparte, John Marshall, William Blackstone, Right of Man, Hugo Grotius, Louis IX, King John.

    Will liberals call for these to be ripped from the building?

  7. Two Maryland statues of first Catholic Supreme Court justice removed because he wrote Dred Scott decision

    [Decisions made by an individual or small group of politicians with no public notice or hearing; statues removed under the cover of darkness with no prior announcement]

    Associated Press
    August 18, 2017


    Workers use a crane to lift the monument dedicated to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney after it was removed from outside Maryland State House, in Annapolis, Md., early Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

    A statue of Roger B. Taney, the first Catholic to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, was removed from the Maryland Statehouse, after objections were made to honoring the author of the Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery.

    A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House early Friday.

    The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. It was lowered into a truck and driven away to storage.

    Although most known for authoring the 7-2 Dred Scott decision, Taney was also an important figure in U.S. Catholic history.

    He became the first Catholic to have served in a U.S. president’s cabinet when he was appointed Attorney General by Andrew Jackson in 1831. Taney later served as Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury under Jackson. He became the first Catholic Supreme Court Justice in 1836, after Jackson nominated him as Chief Justice to replace John Marshall the preceding December.

    “Taney was regarded as a very good Catholic,” Father Michael Roach, a Church historian, told the Catholic Review in 2012. “It’s pretty impressive that he made it to the Supreme Court.”

    Taney had once served as Attorney General of Maryland, and is still the only Maryland native to have served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    The bronze statue of him was erected in 1872, just outside the original front door of the State House.

    Three of the four voting members of the State House Trust voted by email Wednesday to move the statue. House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat who was one of the three who voted to remove it, wrote this week that the statue “doesn’t belong” on the grounds.

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said this week that removing the statue of Taney in Annapolis was “the right thing to do.” Republican Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford voted on behalf of the administration to remove the statue.

    One member of the trust, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, criticized holding the vote without a public meeting.

    “This was certainly a matter of such consequence that the transparency of a public meeting and public conversation should have occurred,” Miller, a Democrat, wrote in a letter Thursday to Hogan.

    Miller also noted that Taney was personally against slavery – calling it “a blot on our national character” – and had freed his own slaves early in his life. Taney also was pro-Unionist, and continued to serve on the Supreme Court during the Civil War.

    “Taney was not a Confederate officer, and he remained loyal to the Union until his death in 1864,” he said. Maryland was a “border state” during the Civil War, meaning slavery was legal, but the state did not join the Confederacy.

    “But regardless of one’s position on this issue, it is insulting to our citizens for the State House Trust to vote on such a matter outside of the public eye,” Miller wrote.

    While the statue’s removal was not publicized, a couple dozen onlookers watched as workers started the removal process shortly after midnight Thursday. Some witnesses cheered as the statue was lifted from its pedestal.


    The statue was removed two days after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the removal of four monuments from her city under the cover of night, including another statue of Taney, “in the best interest of my city.,”

    Workers removed the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument in Baltimore.

  8. Another California Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized – This Time In Mission Hills

    [Desecrated image publicized on Facebook, attracting viewers to the site, some of whom said that the statue should go]

    MISSION HILLS ( – 8/17/17) — Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized.

    A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white.


    While city officials would not confirm the authenticity of the photo or the clean-up, CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz saw red paint on Serra’s arm and a swastika on the statue of the child standing next to him.

    “I came because some friends posted a photo of the defaced statue and I wanted to see if it was in fact correct,” Paul Minette said.

    The photo comes at a time when many are calling for the removal of controversial statues. Some argue Serra is not the saint the Catholic Church paints him out to be. Instead, they claim he used California Indians and destroyed part of their culture.

    “I think the statue should come down from this park, and then put some appreciation to the Native people that live here,” Cristian Ramirez said.

    Ramirez would like the statue moved to a museum.

    “We don’t want this violent history to be praised in our community,” Ramirez said.

    Previously: Decapitated Junipero Serra statue in Monterey to be reunited with its head

    Brittny Mejia

    [Decapitated and restored]

    The granite statue of Junipero Serra has stood headless in a Monterey park ever since October, when an apparent protester used a sledgehammer to decapitate the image of the 18th century priest.

    But now it appears the Lower Presidio Historic Park sculpture will soon be reunited with its missing noggin.

    Monterey authorities announced over the weekend that a young girl had discovered the head while wading in a tidal pool.

    “We’re ecstatic that the head has been found,” said Willard McCrone, of the Old Monterey Foundation.

    Officers recovered the vandalized likeness around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, after the girl spotted it at low tide, near the Coast Guard Pier, according to Sgt. Ron Blair of the Monterey Police Department.

    The decapitation followed Pope Francis’ canonization of Serra on Sept. 23. Serra, a friar who brought Catholicism to California, has been criticized by many for his harsh treatment of Native Americans.

    Authorities said it appeared vandals used a sledgehammer to break the Serra statue at the neck.

    The restoration project would seek to reattach the head “in a manner that it cannot be so easily vandalized in the future,” McCrone said.

    The statue was erected in 1891, McCrone said, and “has been there all this time without any vandalism.”

  9. Here’s another one!
    “Minnesotans Want To Replace A Statue Of Columbus With Prince” (and NOT Bonny Prince Charles!) see:
    Had to LOL at this priceless quote: ““The replacement of Columbus is about the deep history of white supremacy and colonialism in the United States and the need for Minnesota to lead the country in this moment. Plus we all know Prince is a genius and who wouldn’t pick him over Columbus anyway,” Melekin said.” That’s right a sexually promiscuous and gender-ambiguous drug-using rock star is a “genius” compared to an explorer!!!

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