Police arrest man who destroyed altar at Louisville Catholic church

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The Alter of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church was destroyed by a deranged man who broke in Sunday.

A Louisville man was arrested after allegedly causing damage to a historic church, the latest in [a rash of vandalism, arson and intimidation attacks on U.S. places of worship that now stretches over several years.]

In a letter to parishioners, the pastor at Saint Martin of Tours Church said the man broke into the sanctuary late on the night of Oct. 25 and inflicted extensive damage on the altar.

A security guard was on duty at the church and was able to detain the suspect until police officers arrived, reported WLKY. Police have not identified the suspect.

The sanctuary will remain closed for a few days while the damage is assessed, the pastor said. Officials say the pastor and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be working with the archdiocesan insurance company on repairing the damage.

In a statement, Archbishop Kurtz said about the vandalism:

“I thank and praise Father Paul for his strong pastoral leadership, and I am grateful to Saint Martin’s security guard and to the Louisville Metro Police Department for their prompt response. I offer my prayers for healing for the parish and for the offender.”

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