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Latin Mass Church Burns Down

A huge fire tore through St Joseph's Church in Salem, Oregon, on Thursday night. The parish said that the sanctuary was “pretty much a loss.” The parish was founded in 1853, and the current church was …More
A huge fire tore through St Joseph's Church in Salem, Oregon, on Thursday night. The parish said that the sanctuary was “pretty much a loss.” The parish was founded in 1853, and the current church was built in 1953.
St. Joseph is one of eight parishes in Portland Archdiocese that offer the Latin Mass.
The fire was caused by arson, according to the police. Detectives arrested Billy James Sweeten, age 48.
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Sally Dorman
Updated picture - actually summing up the last 10 years of Francis.
Wilma Lopez
According to the tracker of the political advocacy group CatholicVote, 351 Catholic churches were attacked across the United States since May 2020. The attacks include “acts of arson which damaged or destroyed historic churches; spray-painting and graffiti of satanic messages; rocks and bricks thrown through windows; statues destroyed (often with heads cut off); and illegal disruptions of Mass.”
Scapular
So so sad for Priest and congregation. Any GTV readers go to Holy Mass here?
De Profundis
@Strong and Steadfast GTV started decades ago as a video site and then developped into this Catholic social media.
Matt B
Yes, my family and I are parishioners there. Mass will be celebrated in the parking lot under tents this Sunday.