Why desecration is a serious insult for Catholic community
In that horror movie 'The Exorcist', an important conversation takes place between Lt William Kinderman and Jesuit Fr Damien Karras on the desecration of a church. Desecration can be seriously creepy stuff.
And for Irish Catholics, desecration is a red-line issue. Perhaps that's because so many people have memories of family occasions, gathered around the local parish altar for religious sacraments like baptisms, communions, weddings, and of course the sad farewell at funerals.
Desecration occurs when someone deliberately damages or insults something which is considered to be holy. In wars, churches are often targeted and religious items smashed, stolen or burned.