Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."