Portland Catholic leaders say 'land back' vandalism hurtful
Unknown vandals struck a historic Portland place of worship over the weekend, according to religious authorities.
The glass doors at the main entrance of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 25 N. Rosa Parks Way, were coated with spray paint messages and symbols sometime before Monday morning, July 12.
In an interview, Associate Pastor Michael Belinsky said the act of vandalism left him feeling "disappointed."
"Mostly I was disappointed that there's no way to communicate in a direct and rational fashion," he said. "But the church has always been a lightning rod, as with any institution."
Father Bellinsky noted that the damage was limited to paint, and didn't include broken glass or other destruction. The real issue he said, are incidents like the Palm Sunday church bombings earlier this year, and other attacks on people of faith.
"People being denied their rights, killed, tortured, that's more important," Belinsky said.
By noon, volunteers and the church's maintenance department had removed the graffiti, which included phrases such as "f--- colonizers + their gods" and "land back."
Lt. Greg Pashley with the Portland Police Bureau confirmed the incident was reported to authorities around 8:50 a.m. on July 12. No arrests have been made in the incident.
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