‘They were children’ — Seattle’s St. James Cathedral vandalized over ‘residential school’ graves

Friday morning’s vandalism echoed messages painted on Catholic churches like this Saskatchewan cathedral

Seattle’s St. James Cathedral on First Hill was vandalized Friday morning in property damage echoing a wave of protest following the discover of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Canada’s Saskatchewan province.

According to police, the 9th Ave Seattle cathedral’s large bronze door was found early Friday covered in red paint that read, “How could you? They were children,” vandalism causing “thousands of dollars” in damage and “consistent with what the church is seeing at several churches in Canada.”

Late last month, the doors of a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Saskatoon were splattered with red paint after the Cowessess First Nation announced the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the former school. Earlier this year, remains of 215 children were found near the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. Continue reading