Catholic Church fire in Orlando, Florida. Credit:
Catholic Church fire in Orlando, Florida. Credit:

In Orlando, Florida, a disheartening incident took place, casting a shadow over the jubilation of millions of pro-life Americans celebrating the Dobbs ruling, which aimed to protect unborn lives. An unidentified person set fire to a Catholic Church, contributing to a disturbing trend of over 300 acts of violence against pro-life institutions.

The timing of this incident, coinciding with an important pro-life anniversary, raises suspicions of the involvement of an extremist pro-choice activist. The fire caused significant damage both internally and externally, reducing the Incarnation Catholic Church to virtual ruins.

The Orlando Fire Department reported that the fire originated from the rear of the building. Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames within 22 minutes, fortunately preventing any casualties since the church was unoccupied at the time. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation.

Father William Holiday, the pastor, expressed the profound devastation caused to the church’s interior. While avoiding speculation about the church being specifically targeted, Father Holiday expressed deep sadness at the loss of numerous paintings, statues, and other items. Notably, a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary remained untouched.

The surge in violent acts against pro-life advocates has been alarming since the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in May. LifeNews has documented over 300 incidents, including the shooting of an elderly pro-life woman in Michigan and multiple arson attempts.

During a Senate committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that approximately 70% of recent attacks related to abortion have targeted pro-life organizations following the Dobbs decision. In response, pro-life organizations are intensifying their security measures to ensure the safety of their members.

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