Temecula church vandalized in possible hate crime
A burned Bible and a bench marked with a pentagram were tossed outside of a Catholic church in Temecula, prompting an investigation of a possible hate crime.
The pentagram was found scrawled on a bench that was tossed into a fountain outside of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church last week, Riverside County sheriff’s officials told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Then, on Monday, a charred Bible was discovered by parishioners outside the main doors to the sanctuary. Several gravestones were also knocked off their bases the same day at a nearby cemetery.
“It’s a little sad ...” Manuel Cardoza, a priest at St. Catherine’s, told the Press-Enterprise. “Unfortunately, these things happen in this world.”
-- Esmeralda Bermudez