The Auxiliary Bishop offered to the faithful who have the means, a further optional but “strongly recommended” act of reparation, to “make an extra contribution to the account set up to feed the poor.”
On Facebook, some faithful decried the desecration terming it as a disgrace and heartbreaking incident.
Ellen Christine Deane commented, “What a disgrace! The stolen articles are irreplaceable, their history goes back many many years. Oh Lord! What next. Lord have Mercy.”
“Heartbroken to hear about this news. Thank you God, no priest was hurt in this incident. We pray for the church and we pray for the people who committed this crime. God may these restless souls be healed, may they turn their lives around and choose the Jesus way,” Blessed God has my heart commented and added, “(I) Pray for the restoration of St. Mary’s and pray for quick replacement for the goods that were stolen.”
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Referencing the nationwide lockdown restricting movement, David Wilke wondered, “With all the supposed roadblocks and rules about being out, one has to wonder how these people managed to get to the cathedral and out with all that stuff without being noticed.”
“This is extremely heartbreaking to hear this, it is truly very sad,” Geof Dalglesih posted and added, “I will forever remember the cathedral with doors always open to welcome everyone in.”
“Baptized there, attended mass there. Got married there, my parents and eldest brother buried from the Cathedral,” Joe Schaffers recalled and continued, “can you imagine my anger and disgust at this act of theft and desecration of this Cape Town land mark. How difficult it is to forgive but try we must.”
Doune Currie implored, “Saint Michael De Sanctis, you are represented kneeling before the Altar where the blessed Sacrament is exposed so I ask you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit please intercede for us and may thee Sacred Vessels you kneel in front of before the Altar be returned in Jesus Mighty Name Amen.”