In the year 2018, French police have reported 129 thefts and 877 acts of vandalism in Catholic spaces around the country. Despite these alarming figures, the mainstream media and the Church have remained relatively silent on the issue.
But the 2018 figures, alone, fail to tell the entire story. The French Ministry of the Interior has stated that attacks on Christian sites in the country have quadrupled between 2008 and 2019, according to RealClearInvestigations.
Such attacks include the desecration of Catholic cemeteries, trashing the inside of churches, urination in baptismal fonts, destroying centuries-old art, more.
Many people have speculated as to the reason there has been an increased number of attacks on Catholic sites around the country. Some have cited growing ‘Christianophobia’ and Islamic extremism, while others think it’s perhaps due to a growing irreverence for religion and religious symbols in general.
Regardless of the reason, what is clear is that religious symbols are increasingly becoming targets of extreme violence.
Last winter, at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, an Islamic extremist opened fire on the crowd, killing five people.
In 2016, two terrorists who claimed to be affiliated with ISIS murder a Catholic priest and seriously injured another person during Mass in the town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in northern France.
On March 17th of this year, St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris after the Notre Dame Cathedral, was set ablaze. The day after the attack, investigators confirmed that the fire was started deliberately.
Although evidence suggests that Muslims are behind a ‘small fraction’ of anti-Christian crimes, the mainstream media and French government might not wish to bring attention to these attacks to avoid provoking or energizing anti-Islamic sentiment, according to RealClear.
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