Overnight from Saturday night to Sunday morning, the front of Vancouver's St. Augustine's Catholic Church was defaced by vandals who wrote "killers" and "release the records" on the front door in red paint.
The discovery of the graffiti was made on Sunday morning as the church was opened.
According to Global News, parishioner Maria Bastone told the outlet in an interview:
"It’s so sad, it’s really sad. We had nothing to do with what happened with those poor kids."
"[We] are true followers of Christ. Please don’t blame the people of today for what happened before."
Bastone is referring to the probable motive for the vandalism. Recently, the remains of 215 children were found buried unmarked under the grounds of what used to be a residential school in Kamloops, BC.
The school itself was Catholic in nature and founded by a Catholic order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. However, it would be natural to assume that a parish in the archdiocese of Vancouver wouldn't have any official connection with any residential school, much less access to their records.
Nonetheless, Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver has written an open letter to all of the First Nations in Canada, personally expressing his "profound condolences" for what happened all over the country in its infamous residential schools.
"I wish to apologize sincerely and profoundly to the survivors and their families, as well as to all those subsequently affected, for the anguish caused by the deplorable conduct of those Catholics who perpetrated mistreatment of any kind in these residential schools," Miller also said live when appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013.