Arrest made in Texas church theft, though tabernacle remains missing

CNA Staff   By CNA Staff


The tabernacle belonging to St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas, was stolen May 8, 2022. / Screenshot from YouTube video

Houston, Texas, May 14, 2022 / 15:03 pm (CNA).

A suspect has been charged with burglary in connection with the theft of a tabernacle from a parish church in Greater Houston, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston announced Friday.

The tabernacle had been stolen from St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy, Texas, May 8.

“Thanks to the Katy Police Department’s diligent efforts and skill, a suspect has been apprehended and charged with burglary. It is our understanding the theft was not motivated by last week’s release of the draft Supreme Court opinion involving Roe v Wade,” the Galveston-Houston archdiocese announced May 13.

“Sadly, the tabernacle has not yet been recovered, though efforts by the Katy police are ongoing. In any case, such a theft beyond material price is immeasurably hurtful to us and speaking theologically, is sacrilegious.”

The suspect was identified by the Houston Chronicle as Christian James Meritt.

The archdiocese stated: “We offer our profound gratitude to the Katy Police for their hard work in the investigation.”

“We ask all to continue praying with us for the parish and all those involved in this matter,” it added.

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  1. Catholic Churches are soft targets for vandals and thieves. And Church officials never demand harsh punishment for people arrested for such acts.

  2. Following Mary D’s lead the report shows a broken emptied tabernacle against a Burger King wall. As a commentator presumed their intent wasn’t for money, rather for evil. American Catholic exorcists Father Vincent Lampert, Msgr Stephen Rossetti indicate an upsurge in possession, and the phenomenon called obsession in which persons are not interiorly possessed, rather harassed.
    The attacks against Catholicism linked to Roe and the Supreme Court leaked opinion appear related. Despite the weakened position of the Church due to corruption and scandal, Catholicism nevertheless remains the last viable defense against the trend toward evil.

    • Agree 100 per cent! This shows that the Joe and Nancy cabal have more in tune with Satan than with Christ given their total allegence to the dark sacrament that is abortion. After all, the church of Satan has come out supporting abortion.QED!!!

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