Catholic priest found killed in California church rectory, suspect nabbed for the murder

The church is supposed to be a place of peace and refuge, but on this day a priest found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. A tragedy like this causes us all to reflect upon our own churches, and to ask, “What can we do to protect ourselves?” Read the story below, and then find out what Strategos can help you answer that question.

Cops nabbed the man they say committed in the New Year’s Day murder of a beloved California priest, who was found murdered inside his church’s rectory Wednesday — hours before a break-in at another church a short drive away, police said. The body of the Rev. Eric Freed was found after he didn’t show up for Mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Eureka — located about 275 miles north of San Francisco — about 9 a.m., a parishioner told the Times-Standard.

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