SEATTLE – Police are investigating after vandals targeted St. James Cathedral early on Easter Sunday.
Police say they were notified by cathedral staff at about 6 a.m. Sunday.
The vandalism is believed to have occurred between 12:30 am and 6 a.m.
Red paint was sprayed on a statue of Mary and the statement "The Catholic church was not born in the U.S.A." was sprayed on a wall.
"It's pretty bad on Easter to see something like that," said parishioner Matthew Denman.
"People have to understand it's not always about them. Pick your time and your place. Today is not the time and the place," said parishioner Angela Jonger.
Power washers erased the paint, but the venom behind the messages linger.
"This cathedral has been here for well over a 100 years and it’s such a part of Seattle. It makes it sad to see it in this state,” said Archbishop Peter Sartain.
But Archbishop Sartain says in a way, this is a lesson on what Easter is all about.
"We forgive them and we're praying for them too,” he said.
It's the second time in a month that the chuch has been vandalized. The Seattle Police bias crimes unit is investigating. They're also looking at the possibility that this time, surveillance video captured the incident.