Four Catholic churches in Wisconsin vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti 

Joe Bukuras   By Joe Bukuras for CNA


A perpetrator caught on camera vandalized St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and School in Bloomer, Wisconsin, the night of July 2-3. / Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 6, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA).

Four Catholic churches in Wisconsin’s Chippewa county were vandalized in the past week.

The churches are Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Notre Dame Catholic Church, and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls, and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Bloomer, both about 100 miles north of La Crosse.

According to a Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office police report, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church had an “X” written in graffiti across the church doors and school doors sometime at night between July 2-3. On the sidewalk of the church were the words “Women” and “fetuses” with what appears to be a greater than symbol in between. In front of St. Peter Catholic School were the words “EX 21:22,” the report says.

Exodus 21:22 reads, “If men quarrel, and one strike a woman with child, and she miscarry indeed, but live herself: he shall be answerable for so much damage as the woman’s husband shall require, and as arbiters shall award.”

The perpetrator can be seen wearing a hood, a mask, and dark clothing, caught on camera during the act of the vandalism.

Those same words were written in graffiti on the other three churches — which are all in the city about 20 minutes south of Bloomer  — according to Patrol Sergeant Drew Zehm of the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

However, he said, the statement about “Women and fetuses were not on all of the three city churches.” Zehm said that a person of interest has been identified in the vandalism of the Chippewa Falls churches.

One of churches in Chippewa was vandalized last Wednesday night, and the other two were vandalized between Thursday night and Friday morning, he said.

The Diocese of La Crosse did not respond to CNA’s request for comment by publication.

If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

About Catholic News Agency 6905 Articles
Catholic News Agency (

1 Comment

  1. I have remarked regarding previous stories about vandalized churches, that churches need to start investing in GOOD solid security alarm and camera systems. Then the criminals when captured MUST be prosecuted. I know churches would rather spend the money on social welfare stuff. However, congregations need to be certain their churches are available and operative for worship services and in one piece. This is NOT a secondary consideration.

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. Four Catholic churches in Wisconsin vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti  | Passionists Missionaries Kenya, Vice Province of St. Charles Lwanga, Fathers & Brothers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.