Friday, March 9, 2012

Hateful Messages Painted on Mich. Cath. Church; Many Church Members Hail from Mideast Nations

The Spero Forum website reports today (March 9, 2012) that parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan -- and members of its wider community -- are still in shock over hateful messages scrawled on the exterior walls of the church that appeared yesterday morning.

The messages -- which included "(expletive deleted) you" and "U R dead" -- were discovered by worshipers as they arrived for the morning liturgy on March 8.

Scrawled in orange paint, the messages were removed from the white walls of the church by a cleaning crew after they were discovered.

Rev. Rudy Zoma -- pastor of St. Joseph's -- expressed gratitude to the surrounding community for the support the church received. Many of the parishioners of St. Joseph's hail from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, which may have been the reason the church was targeted by the vandals.