Members of the Catholic Worker movement vandalized a cross in Toowong, Australia, on Ash Wednesday.
The Cross of Sacrifice, dedicated in 1924, honored soldiers who died in battle.
“We come here today to repent all wars blessed by the Christian
churches,” said Jim Dowling, who has been charged in the incident. “We
come to remove the sword from the cross on which our Savior was
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Brisbane said that the vandals had
no relationship with the archdiocese and that cemeteries “mean a lot to
the families and friends of the deceased. These sites should be treated
with the utmost respect.”