San Francisco church, chancery vandalized with graffiti

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco and the administrative offices of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were vandalized in early January with graffiti critical of the church’s support of Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that overturned last May’s state Supreme Court ruling declaring that all couples have the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Mayor Gavin Newsom, although a prominent opponent of Proposition 8, condemned the weekend attack on Most Holy Redeemer as “cowardly and criminal.” The San Francisco Police Department assigned the case to its hate crimes unit for investigation. A Most Holy Redeemer worker arrived at 6:15 a.m. Jan. 4 to find a wall near the entrance to the church defaced with a four-line message spray-painted in black: “Prop H8/Niederauer/Ratzinger/Where is the love?” Swastikas were scrawled on either side of the message. The references were to Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco and Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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