Prayers for downed officer (and attacker) • Rosary Cathedral Incident
  • Yesterday was an eventful day in Toledo, OH. In the wee hours of Monday morning an arsonist attempted to set the west-end portals of Rosary Cathedral on fire as well as graffitied the front of the church. Toledo police got a lead on a suspect and late last evening approached his home. Reports state that he was on his porch, brandished a weapon and then retreated inside. Apparently a negotiator tried to speak with him but was rebuffed and eventually he came out wielding two firearms after he was forced out by tear gas. In the melée that followed a young 24 y.o. officer was killed, and apparently the suspect was killed as well. I offered my morning mass for both of them and I hope that others here will pray for them both too. Our Lord can redeem all things; let us pray He will take mercy upon both of their souls. I also pray that the officer will be given a large funeral at the Cathedral. Thanks be to God the Cathedral didn't burn... it's truly one of the gems of the USA and is often overlooked. It is the cathedral of my youth and I grew up serving four different bishops there for holy/feast days.

    https://www.13abc.com/2021/01/18/standoff-underway-in-old-west-end/
    https://www.13abc.com/2021/01/18/officials-investigating-arson-case-at-rosary-cathedral/
  • Praying . . .
  • CatherineS
    Posts: 640
    Lord, have mercy.
  • sdtalley3sdtalley3
    Posts: 216
    Prayers for the both of them from here.
  • bhcordovabhcordova
    Posts: 988
    Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
  • May they both rest in peace and come to see God.

    I'm so happy for you that your cathedral was spared more serious desecration.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • I have not read the particulars about the motives of the arsonist, but there seems to be much hatred of the Church recently and more mental health problems than ever.

    Prayers for them both.
  • I believe we are only at the rather curious stage where the tide has receded right before the tidal wave...
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 11,280
    Prayers.