“Seize the night”: hate crime attack on California Catholic church


A Catholic church in Union City was defaced on Ash Wednesday with spray-painted pentagrams and messages about Satan, vandalism that is being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

Vandals knocked down a wooden cross outside St. Anne’s Church at Cabello and Dyer streets and used black spray paint to deface a statue and write on the church’s exterior walls, police said Thursday.

“Satan,” “Carpe noctem” and a pentagram were drawn on the walls, and spray paint covered the faces of a statue of Mary and Joseph, police said. Carpe noctem is Latin for “seize the night.”

Investigators have classified the incident as a hate crime because of the nature and timing of the vandalism. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a period of repentance and moderation for many Christians that precedes Easter.

“My gut feeling is that it might be local kids,” said police Cmdr. Ben Horner. “They were going for shock value, and they certainly achieved that.”

He added, “Even gang members leave churches alone.”

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  1. “Carpe” doesn’t really mean “seize”. More like “pick”, or more specifically, “pluck” (bones of the wrist and parts of the finger are called carpals because they’re the “pluckers”). Honestly, I thought Satan knew Latin better than that.

  2. Hopefully, they’ll turn out to be as bright as Holy Hill’s “Hail Satin” (sic) punks: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1646768/posts

  3. pagansister says:

    No matter who is responsible, I hope they are found. No excuse for such activity.

  4. Look for more between now and November. Stirring up class warfare never works well for a country and making the Catholic Church a target for attacks on religious liberty will bring out a lot of anger. The Catholic Church has seen this type of thing before. Christ warned, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” The Catholic Church is on the front lines against secular humanism and it is good the USCCB have united to fight this war. It will get worse before it gets better.

  5. Mark, I have a feeling that the individuals that did this have no idea what “secular humanism” is.

  6. midwestlady says:

    Pagansister, it’s 99% likely that these kids aren’t acting out on behalf of satanism but rather on behalf of secular humanism. They probably don’t even know what real satanism is, rather like the “Hail Satin” punks. Have a Fine Wale Corduroy day.

  7. pagansister says:

    I agree, midwestlady—they probably don’t know what satanism is either. I think they were doing what they did “just for fun” to see what problems it would cause….5 minutes of fame thing! If indeed the perps get caught, they too will have a couple minutes of fame—before they should be made to clean it off the building and do some major community service—many hours. (or jail time if deemed necessary along with the other things). Haven’t heard the expression you used in your final sentence—-

  8. Pagan, First, I did not say these punks were connected or even influenced by the rhetoric and pointed attacks on Catholic teaching and the rich and a lot of various industries. My point is that we will see much more of this if the attacks by administration and the democrats and left who want to see secualar humanism as the state religion continue what they are doing.

    As to thug idiots knowing the exact program they are supporting in their attacks, most of the brown shirts did not understand the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or the final game plan of Nazi leaders. In fact, many who joined in Kristallnacht were just out there bashing those the state had pointed to as the enemy.

    If you watch video’s of the Occupy crowds, most don’t have a clue or they would be Occupying the White House whose supporters are in fact those big banks and Investment firms they are screaming out. They have been pointed in the right direction by government leaders in this administration and party blasting various segments of society just like the Nazi’s did long ago.
    Occupy thugs have caused billions in damage as well as rapes, injuries, and deaths.

    Do you disagree that this summer will see much more violent activity by Occupy as we near elections if the class warfare attacks continue? That is the point in my comment.

  9. pagansister says:

    I have no idea what the summer will bring, mark.

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