Graffiti covers the front door of St. Patrick Church in Northwest Portland July 11. (Courtesy Fr. Tim Furlow)
Graffiti covers the front door of St. Patrick Church in Northwest Portland July 11. (Courtesy Fr. Tim Furlow)
Vandals scrawled graffiti, smashed a window and dumped red paint at the front of Archdiocese of Portland headquarters early July 11.

The slogan painted on the front wall of the Pastoral Center in Southeast Portland voiced support for abortion and opposition to the church and civic authority: “No church, no state, abortion is great.”

Archdiocesan officials are cooperating with law enforcement in an investigation.

Security cameras at the Pastoral Center captured the attack. At about 2 a.m. July 11, three figures with faces covered appeared at the front door. While one spray painted the message on a brick wall, two others worked on smashing the lower panel of a glass door and dumping more than two gallons of red paint onto the floor of the entryway. The mayhem lasted about three minutes.

A second door kept the vandals from entering the building proper, so the alarm did not sound.

The first employee to arrive at the building found the scene at about 7 a.m. Monday. By the end of the day, the wall was clean and the door secured with sheets of plywood. Splashes of red paint remained in the entryway the morning of July 12, but workers were on the way to do a cleanup and make repairs.

Cristian Manzo, of Siegner & Co. did the graffiti removal. He said his company has been busy this summer, but when they got the call to come to the job at the Pastoral Center, the others had to wait.

“This one needed to be done right away,” Manzo said.

The same morning in Northwest Portland, vandals struck iconic St. Patrick Church, the oldest Catholic house of worship in Portland. Graffiti saying, “My body, my choice” covered the front door. Obscenities were painted on stone walls near the door, plus a sign and a side door.

Plans are underway for a major restoration at St. Patrick beginning this fall. “This will mean a little more to do,” said Father Tim Furlow, the pastor.