Friday, February 3, 2012

Vandals Draw KISS Masks On Madonna And Child Statue by Stefano Giovannini

Vandals scribbled what appears to be KISS makeup on beloved statues of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus at Williamsburg’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, outraging parishioners who have revered the sculptures for more than 60 years.

Maintenance workers at the Havemeyer Street house of worship called police at 8 am on Wednesday when they realized someone had marked up the statues to resemble the masks worn by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

“It’s a terrible thing for anyone to do,” said Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioner Ann Caponegro. “Those statues aren’t bothering anybody It’s our religion. How we feel about them is our business. No one should deface them in any way.”

Our Lady of Mount Carmel pastor Joseph Calise urged worshipers to remain calm and suspend judgment.

“There’s been a lot of people willing to pay for the repairs,” said Calise. “We don’t know if it is an act of anger, grief, vandalism or stupidity.”

The graffiti writers also knocked over a different statue and scrawled what appears to be the word, “Mykee” on Jesus’s robe, according to cops.

Read more HERE.