Cribbed! Baby Jesus stolen from Bay Ridge Nativity scene

Unholy capper: Someone lifted the son of God from his nativity scene crib in front of Saint Anselm’s Church on the corner of 82nd Street and Fourth Avenue.
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They’re praying for Jesus’s second coming.

A bandit swiped the baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Front of Saint Anselm Church the day after Christmas. But it may have been a good Samaritan, according to officials at the Fourth Avenue house of worship who believe a mentally unstable woman who lives nearby may have been trying to give the statue sanctuary from a storm.

“It was raining that day, and she probably thought she was doing an act of kindness by taking him out of the rain,” said Monsignor James Moloney. “We expect it back soon.”

It was the second messiah-napping in the neighborhood that day.

Someone abducted Visitation Academy’s infant-king effigy from his nativity scene on Dec. 26 as well, but the penitent thief returned the figure a few hours later, and the Ridge Boulevard monastery’s superior called the act a “misunderst­anding.”

It’s not the first time that desecrators have bedeviled the two churches — hellions scrawled the letter “X” on two statues outside Saint Anselm in June 2013, and a band of blasphemers defaced several statues on Visitation’s monastery grounds in March 2012, even going so far as to behead a lamb sculpture.

Now pious locals are hoping latest thefts aren’t a sign the trend has resurrected.

“I hope this doesn’t start up all the trouble again,” said Bay Ridgite Mary Farini, a Roman Catholic who attends mass at Our Lady of Angels Church on Fourth Avenue. “This is a sacred thing that people should cherish. It’s a real shame that people do these things.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ed Farmington from Brooklyn says:
funny how anytime something happens to a mosque or synagogue, right away everyone points fingers at "neo-nazis" and "white supremacists", but when something like this happens to a church no one can dare suspect the "religion of peace ", who's plo wanna-be youth commit 99.99% of the crime in bay ridge...
Dec. 29, 2016, 10:15 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
Its politically acceptable to deface Catholic icons..
Dec. 29, 2016, 8:46 pm
old time brooklyn from slopes says:
the hatred of Catholics is as American as apple pie
Dec. 30, 2016, 3:45 am
Warren from Park Slope says:
It was probably the same muslims who damaged the public menorah. They don't know anything about tolerance, and they are very angry.
Dec. 30, 2016, 3:51 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Hey, Ed F. and "old time" -- three years ago a vandal trashed five B,R, houses of worship with red paint.

Only one of the five was Catholic, "old time." The others were Jewish, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant.

And no Muslim did it, Ed. The perp was a mentally-ill man of Greek ethnic/religious background.
Dec. 31, 2016, 9:27 pm
old time brooklyn from slopwe says:
Ed dear boy. You should read some history it will help.

Much colnial legoslation explicity banned Catholics with the exception of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Catholics were later banned from Maryland. When St Peter's off of Broadway was built the diocese was specifically requested to not build on Broadway and to build off of Broadway on a side street as to not antagonize the majority protestant population. Let us not forget John Jay's proposal for a religious loyalty oath, the know nothing party, anti irish policies and let us not forget the KKK

now Ed dear boy i can see you are as american as apple pie too and prefer to muddy the waters by bringing in other faiths as if to justify your bigotry.

I have always been thnkful I escaped from Bay Ridge years ago.
mazel tov :)
Jan. 1, 2017, 11 am
Sergey from South Brooklyn says:
No doubt the statue is sitting on some hipster's stoop, wielding a soy latte, swathed in flannel and sporting a old-timey mustache.
Jan. 1, 2017, 11:48 am
Saint Augustine from Hippo says:
The majority of these types of incidents is opportunistic mischievousness by teenagers or young adults and is not strictly speaking examples of bigotry. Most Catholics recognize this so do not feel the need to have gatherings, protests, demonstrations and politicians showing their faces.
Jan. 1, 2017, 12:53 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
we had a statues of JC in our school and he almost always had a cig/joint in His hand
Jan. 1, 2017, 5:06 pm
C. Dogood from Bay Ridge says:
The youth of America, of all ethnicities, have been stealing baby Jesus out of his cradel since the Catholic chuch started putting up Creches. There is even a Wikipedia page dedicated to " baby jesus theft"... somone once said somthing about casting stones. I will leave it at that.
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:21 pm

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