According to authorities, an intruder broke into a New York City Catholic church.
It occurred between 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 4:05 p.m. on Saturday at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church. “Notre Dame”Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.According to CBS New York
“We all just thought that a sacred space would never be violated,” Rev. Frank Tumino was the pastor of the church.
The church was currently closed during construction. Tumino claims that one camera was destroyed and that the video from another church’s security system was stolen.
The church’s tabernacle — a box containing Holy Communion items dating back to the church’s opening in the 1890s — was taken. It made of 18-carat gold, decorated with jewels, and is valued at $2 million, police and the diocese said.
The diocese declared it irreplaceable for its historical and artistic value.
A guidebook on the church’s website states that the tabernacle was constructed in 1895, and then restored in 1952 and 2000. It’s described by the church as a “masterpiece and one of the most expensive tabernacles in the country, guarded by its own security system,”This involves: “electronically operated burglar-proof safe”Plates of steel one-inch thick “completely enclose the tabernacle,” according to the outlet.
The Diocese of Brooklyn called the incident “a brazen crime of disrespect and hate,” saying the metal protective casing protecting the tabernacle was torn through.
In addition to the stolen video and tabernacle, angel statues were decapitated and destroyed, and a safe in the sacristy — where priests prepare for Mass — was cut open but nothing was inside, the diocese said.
Holy Eucharist was the bread consecrated to Christ’s body and was taken from the tabernacle. It was then placed on the altar.
“This is devastating, as the Tabernacle is the central focus of our church outside of worship, holding the Body of Christ, the Eucharist, which is delivered to the sick and homebound,” Rev. Tumino said.
“To know that a burglar entered the most sacred space of our beautiful church and took great pains to cut into a security system is a heinous act of disrespect.”