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Relics Survive Firebomb Attack on Church in Florida -- Amazing. It all began at around 7:30 a.m. when a white minivan drove up to the front of the Church, made a sharp U-turn and then rammed through …More
Relics Survive Firebomb Attack on Church in Florida -- Amazing.

It all began at around 7:30 a.m. when a white minivan drove up to the front of the Church, made a sharp U-turn and then rammed through the right entrance doors. The driver then got out of the car and poured 10 gallons of gasoline in the vestibule as a lady parishioner looked on in shock.

The alleged arsonist Steven A. Shields (who was reported to have later confessed he committed the crime to police) then reentered his vehicle. As he backed his van out, he threw a flaming object which ignited the fuel and caused an explosion. Fr. Patrick O’Doherty, the pastor of Queen of Peace, witnessed the entire scene and immediately called 911. The quick response of heroic firefighters five minutes later prevented greater loss. Nevertheless, the vestibule was severely damaged and will need to be completely renovated. This event created disorder where order once reigned.

Many have pointed out the irony that such destruction should happen in a parish named Queen of Peace. Such disorderly acts should not surprise us in a world that has long ceased to recognize God’s law.

Peace is not just the absence of violence but rather, as Saint Augustine eloquently explains, the “tranquility of order.” We should obey God’s law, not because it pleases us, but because they are true laws that ought to be observed. Society can then enjoy the real idea of peace that naturally comes from order. When Divine Law is consistently transgressed, disorder enters.

According to police reports, the suspect at Queen of Peace was deranged. At the writing of this article, there is no proof that he was linked with the lawlessness nationwide. However, his actions do reflect the unbridled passions and unbalance of a sector of society that has long denied God’s law.

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