Unknown Individuals Repeatedly Urinate in Church Holy Water

Country: Switzerland

Date of incident: January 14, 2020

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Private



Just before Christmas, the Catholic Church Guthirt in Aarburg was forced to withdraw access to holy water in its basins following repeated acts of urination into the water. The deacon, Markus Stohldreier, expressed shock and disappointment at repeated attacks against the parish community."In my 36 years as a theologian, I have never experienced anything comparable." He added, "The perpetrators must have urinated in holy water in broad daylight," because the church is closed at night to prevent vandalism.

"These [repeated] urine attacks are just sad" and "the community is shocked." But that was probably the goal of the perpetrators, said Stohldier.


He does not believe that everything was just a prank: "Otherwise the perpetrators would not have struck repeatedly." Stohldier suspects that they were deliberately trying to offend religious feelings. 


Sources: 20 Minuten and Zofingertagblatt 
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