Parish Members ask Sheriff to Pursue Charges Against Mormon Missionaries

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

San Luis, Colo. (AP) Members of the San Luis Sangre de Cristo Parish of the Roman Catholic Church voted Sunday to pursue criminal charges against three Mormon missionaries who allegedly vandalized a shrine and committed sacrilegious acts in the church.

Although the incidents occurred in 2006, they only came to the attention of the parish when they were seen on the internet site “Photobucket.”
Mormon missionary officials said the three missionaries involved would be disciplined.

Members of the Sangre de Christo Parish built the Shrine of the Mexican Martyrs, which has become a popular tourist attraction. No damage estimate was available.

Corporal Scott Powell of the Costilla County Sheriff's Office said the men could face up to six charges, including felonies for criminal mischief and conspiracy.

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  • by JDD Location: San Diego on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    As a Mormon, I want to express my condolences to the members of the Sangre de Christo community. What happened is appalling to me, not only because of the religious disrespect itself, but because juvenile, imprudent "representatives" of my Church are apparently guilty of that religious disrespect. Please know that their actions do not reflect the views of the Mormon community at large. Mormons truly do respect Catholics, with whom we have participated in many humanitarian efforts.
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