A man in Indiana who assaulted a Catholic priest in church was reported to have declared during his assault that “this is for all the little kids.”
On Monday, Father Basil John Hutsko was beaten up until he passed out while at Saint Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation joining local law enforcement to apprehend the assailant.
“The subject yelled out ‘This is for all the little kids,'” said Chief Joseph Petruch of the Merrillville Police Department, as quoted by Chicago-based CBS 2. “I have enough there to say it’s a hate crime.”
The attack happened Monday morning, around 9:00 AM, when Father Hutsko was praying at the church. Neighbors said they saw a black car outside the church around the time of the incident, according to CBS 2.
The attack on the priest comes amid the fallout from the findings of a Pennsylvania grand jury report which found that 301 priests abused approximately 1,000 children over the past several decades, with church hierarchy shielding the perpetrators from accountability.
Many have demanded action from the Catholic Church over this latest revelation documenting clergy sexual abuse and a cover-up from leadership.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski