St. Christ the King Church in Gothenburg Devastated by Vandals

Country: Sweden

Date of incident: November 13, 2020

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

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



The Church of St. Christ the King in Gothenburg was vandalized and devastated on November 13th. The unknown perpetrators destroyed the altar and threw the candlesticks, vestments and tablecloth on the ground. The pastor, Tobias Unnerstal, believes that the act was intentionally symbolic, trying to show an "eternal Good Friday". They also scattered the songbooks and used the fire extinguisher for the candles inside the chapel. In the same church, the crucifix was already stolen a week before. The police has been informed and they started an investigation.

“I am shocked by the anger that accompanied it. I can stand that people do not like the Catholic Church, but it is very inappropriate to show it in such a way " -  said Fr. Tobias Unnerstal.

"I wonder if the perpetrator knows a lot about Christian symbolism. Because what has been done is very specific" - said Pastor Tobias Unnerstål, and explained: "We ourselves remove everything from the altar once a year and it is before Good Friday. It is as if he wanted to create an eternal Good Friday, the worst thing you can imagine for a believer.”

Source: Radio Maryja, SVT, Catholic News Agency

Photo by Andrew Raymond Wadsworth on Facebook