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Virgin Mary Statue Destroyed in Scranton

SCRANTON -- Parishioners of a Catholic church on the west side of Scranton tell us they've been praying all day for whoever destroyed the church's statue of Mary. Those with the church say they found the statue in pieces Friday morning.

This statue meant a lot to the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on West Locust Street. Every Wednesday they held a service in her honor and now, the statue is destroyed.

It used to be prominently placed at the front of this church, but now the Our Lady of Grace statue lies in a garbage bag while officers search for whoever vandalized it.

"It's not so much as a hate crime but it's just really hurtful," said church secretary Chris Wasko.

Her entire face was shattered to pieces with a gaping hole in her body. Wasko says she felt sick to her stomach when she found it Friday morning.

"You're not just damaging a statue, you're damaging people. They pray to this lady and they respect her," Wasko said.

This statue wasn't just knocked off its base, those with the church say it was completely shattered, with some of its pieces flying all the way to the top of the church steps from where it was based at the bottom.

This isn't the first time a statue was vandalized at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Years ago, officials say another statue was here and this was a replacement for that statue.

"It's a shame because you see the statue there for so many years and it's just a shame. I don't know if it was the kids or anybody," said Robert Webb.

For now, the church says it will continue to do what it does best: pray for those who need it most.

"Please let us know who did this because not only can we pray for them, but hopefully we can teach them what they did wrong," said Wasko.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to contact Scranton police.

11 comments

  • Goose

    Hey, morons- we know how to copy+paste to notepad. If you want to delete comments instead of letting free speech happen? Just turn off the comment section all together. Or are you sick of trying to call us out with your fake “facts” and getting trounced repeatedly? Omission of facts falls under the guidelines of “Very Fake News”. I don’t even like this administration, but you are doing a swell job of them getting my vote in 2020 and petitioning against your types next year. Cabrón

  • Goose

    There was a comment earlier that pointed out that it might be a left leaning liberal that got caught up in the fake hate crimes reported here in past months (they have all been debunked according to alternate media), was local to that area, and possibly posting about it on Twitter or FB. The comment was deleted. Seems like a logical place to start. They even mentioned the bags of KKK rice from Berwick. LMAO. By the way WNEP, where did that story end up? It wasn’t a liberal lunatic wasting the Police’s time and the taxpayer’s money? “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”

  • Goose

    Morality is scorned in our daily lives. Pornography and “equality” have shared definitions. The American home life and structure has been under attack with concepts like “Government Welfare” (i.e. slave), “Government Healthcare” (i.e. broke if you do the right thing), and less freedom to speak or think your own way. The “teachers”, politicians, and journalists should not be put on pedestals like we are conditioned to believe. They are the ones who should be most questioned to preserve our personal freedoms. They have the most to gain if they lie to us. Do we even know Logic anymore?

    • Rurbanite

      By far the biggest users of “government welfare” are the wealthy, who use the tax codes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and who rely on government grants and subsidies for many projects. The current CEO of the United States lives in public housing (the White House) at the expense of taxpayers who must shell out millions of dollars to protect him and his extended, pampered family.

      • Goose

        By comparison, what is a better system? And realistically, you are totally off the board when it even comes to playing checkers in your example. I pulled a euphemism to be somewhat more direct in saying that our government should rely on us, not the other way around. Our freedoms should not be squelched by our PUBLIC SERVANTS. Our work should not be given away to those that laugh at us for abiding by the laws, and in retrospect, they should not depend on us to provide when they surely can provide for themselves. Put 4 of any class of people on an island. Which of them would only have one person left in under a month? Truth sucks, but you gotta face it sooner or later.

  • Goose

    We include all races, religious beliefs *that aren’t crazy*, age groups, and societal standings. We are Kekistanis. We are the future of America. You wanna be a Redneck? Fine. You want to devote your life to God or Government? Fine. You want to look down your nose at us? All the better. We search for community in a world of chaos. When Predator drones couldn’t find that ISIS training camp that would have cost numerous innocent lives? It only took six hours to pinpoint before those Russians took all the credit after they blew it up. How long is your nose? How much Chaos is in this world?

    • Goose

      Praise KEK. Praise the Ancient Egyptian Frog God of chaos. The Biblical prophecies are real. Hebrews 11:1- Faith is the essence of things hoped for through the evidence of things unseen. If you do not believe in the shining light that is this next generation of Kekestanis? May I suggest looking into the the ridiculous feats that they accomplished to destroy Shia’s little experiment in under 24 hrs.? They were predicting planes flying over and calling their community skills “weaponized autism”. Frogs were heard in the backround during wintertime. Welcome to the freedom that thrives when judgment is not for those that do not harm. Life is real. Love is KEK.

  • WE

    Then explain what it’s doing at a place of worship. Explain why people pray to the Virgin Mary as they would God.

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