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Eucharistic desecration
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:35:31 PM »
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  • I am told that a Eucharistic desecration occurred a few years back at St. Michael's in Farmingville, NY.  Can anyone corroborate or give more details?

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    Re: Eucharistic desecration
    « Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 05:42:02 PM »
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  • Here's the 2003 version of the story from the infamously anti-Catholic, race-baiting, Jew York Times: Link

    N.Y. / REGION
    Chapel Break-In Sifted for Clues To Deeper Fray
    By MARY REINHOLZJUNE 1, 2003


    WHO vandalized St. Michael's?


    The Suffolk police say they have two suspects in the break-in three weekends ago at St. Michael the Archangel, a chapel in a former coat factory on Horseblock Road. But the police aren't naming names just yet, and in the meantime speculation is rampant in this community that the vandalism is the latest product of an inter-parish feud featuring a schism in the Roman Catholic Church, a competition for parishioners and the theft of an iconic statue.


    According to the police report, one or more burglars broke into the chapel sometime before a 9 a.m. service on May 11, smashing through a door with a window and ripping out three tabernacles embedded in 120-year-old marble altars. The tabernacles were found in the parking lot pried open, their holy oils and other sacramental paraphernalia left behind.


    Detective Sgt. Charles Christ of the Suffolk County police said he believed the motive was just money. ''With one piece of pipe, you can do a lot of damage,'' Sergeant Christ said. ''All the damage was done to remove the poor box and money out of candle holders and the tabernacles.'' He said two side altars were also damaged when the perpetrator pried open the tabernacles in an effort to find cash.


    But suspicions persist because St. Michael's is one of 103 American chapels affiliated with the Society of Saint Pius X, a breakaway Catholic group founded by a French archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre. He refused to accept the vernacular liturgy and other changes adopted by the Second Vatican Council in 1963-65, and he was excommunicated in 1988 for consecrating four bishops in Switzerland in defiance of Pope John Paul II.


    St. Michael's has been the Lefebvrists' Long Island outpost for 20 years, and the congregation is now 250. 

    Parishioners come from all over Long Island to hear old-fashioned Latin Masses.


    ''What was good for 2,000 years is still good -- why change it?'' asked Teresa Mariani, 42, of Medford, who attended Mass at St. Michael last Sunday with her husband and six children. Many St. Michael's congregants say the break-in was intended not for burglary but as an act of desecration against a church that they claim represents ''true'' Roman Catholicism.

    ''This was a violent and demonic act against the church,'' said Vincent Cioci, a 40-year-old Water Mill resident who attended Mass at St. Michael's last Sunday. ''Unfortunately, there's a battle between good and evil in this world and someone very sick, depraved and tormented saw goodness and sought to destroy it. That's the real tragedy.''
    A curtain now covers the shattered main altar until an insurance company can put a price tag on the damage, said George Gloucester, the chapel's 74-year-old volunteer custodian.
     

    Mr. Gloucester said he first suspected that the break-in might be the work of ''crazy people'' from the anti-immigrant Sachem Quality of Life Organization, claiming that a handful of demonstrators from the group had ''harassed people'' at the chapel last December when representatives from the Mexican consulate passed out consular identification cards to ''hundreds'' of Mexican immigrants in a back room of St. Michael's.

    Mr. Gloucester soon discounted that theory and now believes the burglars saw the ''huge tabernacle'' on the main altar and may have mistaken it for a safe.
    But for evidencet that the immigration issue has not receded from the debate, a visitor need look no further than the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a national symbol of Mexico, standing along a wall of the chapel. The statue originally stood in the foyer of the mainstream Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection across the street on Granny Road, but was taken by a group of Latin American parishioners last December and relocated to St. Michael's when the Latinos switched churches.

    ''There were about 40 of them,'' Mr. Gloucester recalled. ''Resurrection sent the police over, but nobody pressed charges. It's their statue.'' ''I wanted to be sensitive to the Mexicans and tried to accommodate everybody and I let the statue go,'' said the Rev. John M. Derasmo, pastor of the Resurrection church.

    Father Derasmo said he wants the Hispanic parishioners back, while the Rev. Geraldo Zedejaf, a Mexican priest of the Lefebvrists who also resides in Connecticut, said ''there is no question we want to get more Mexican worshippers.''
    Which only fuels the rumors about the break-in at the chapel.
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi


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    Re: Eucharistic desecration
    « Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 12:41:38 AM »
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  • Oh that's right.  I forgot about the break in.  This was before my time there.  Thanks for clarifying.  It's a consolation that it was just thieves and not Satanists doing the break in.  I was worried that someone had stolen a Consecrated Host for particular desecration.

     

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