“View from the Christian Visitors Center” from the March 19, 2008 issue of The Nauvoo New Independent.
The Associated Press reported last week about three Mormon Missionaries in Southern Colorado that desecrated a Catholic Church and shrine and then posted the pictures of their actions on the internet site: Photobucket. A member of the Catholic Church that had been desecrated recognized the photos for what they were and news shot around the internet like wildfire. The following is a quote from the Deseret Morning News: “The LDS Church issued a strongly worded statement Monday apologizing to the Roman Catholic Church for the actions of some of its missionaries in Colorado. ‘Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were dismayed this weekend to learn of the insensitivity and disrespect shown to religious artifacts of the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in San Luis, Colorado, and that Latter-day Saint missionaries were evidently responsible during their missionary service in 2006,’ said Bruce Olsen, managing director of the church’s public affairs department….The photos show young men holding the broken head of a statue, preaching from the Book of Mormon at an altar and pretending to sacrifice one another.” (Deseret Morning News, “LDS Church Apologizes to Catholics,” March 11, 2008)
The Mormon Church has identified the three missionaries involved and states that they will be disciplined by the Mormon Church; also, criminal charges may be brought against the three men by the local authorities in Colorado.
Last year a similar incident of desecration happened here in Nauvoo. A Mormon walked into Sts. Peter and Paul Church, went up to the front of the sanctuary to the votive stand, took the prayer intension book and wrote a full page diatribe against the Catholic Church.
Father Tony brought this event to the attention of the local Mormon authorities who issued an apology to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
My question is: Was the man who desecrated the Catholic Church here in Nauvoo ever disciplined? If not, why not? Was it because this event in Nauvoo was never broadcast around the internet or made the nationwide nightly news, therefore, the Mormon Church just dropped the ball hoping the memory would just go away. These kinds of incidents of desecration, vandalizing and such won’t go away unless they are dealt with openly and severely.
Unfortunately, Nauvoo has a history that goes back to the 1840’s of condemning those outside the Mormon faith. The following is a quote from the third Mormon Prophet, John Taylor, when he was the Editor of the Nauvoo newspaper, Times and Seasons, June 15, 1845: “Babylon, literally understood, is the gay world; spiritual wickedness, the golden city, and the glory of the world, The priests of Egypt, who received a portion gratis from Pharaoh; the priests of Baal, and the Pharisees, and Sadducees, with their "long robes," among the Jews, are equally included in their mother's family, with the Roman Catholics, Protestants, and all that have not had the keys of the kingdom and power thereof, according to the ordinances of God.” (Times and Seasons, Vol.6, No.1, p.939)
I believe the Mormon Church owes Nauvoo an explanation of what was done to discipline this Mormon man who desecrated the Catholic Church here and a formal apology needs to be issued from Mormon Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City to the Catholic Church and the membership of Sts. Peter and Paul. Doing nothing will only insure further incidents of this nature will happen again!
Mormon Missionaries Vandalize & Desecrate A Catholic Shrine! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNuXTkqiak
Catholics Vote To Press Charges Against Mormon Missionaries! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyRLgt_BoFE
Both of these YouTube links above have been removed; they were nothing more than television news reports. Guess the Mormons are doing what they are told: sign up on YouTube and flag anything that reflects negatively on the Mormon Church!