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Fresno Roman Catholic Diocese boosts security in wake of Roe decision

Following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno is beefing up security after it was notified of potential threats. 

The decision comes after Homeland Security informed the Roman Catholic Bishops throughout California last week that extremist groups were calling for a night of rage to protest the Supreme Court’s ruling. 

“We added additional private security and we’ve been working really closely with the Fresno Police Department’s intel units and they’re doing a great job making us feel safe and supported,” said Chandler Marquez, Diocese of Fresno Communications, to KMPH. 

Marquez said St. John’s Cathedral in Downtown Fresno, which is the seat of Bishop Joseph Brennan, has been a particular focus of added security. 

The diocese has also worked with the Fresno Police Department to ensure the safety of its parishioners. 

“It’s scary, but the community has really helped us out,” Marquez told ABC 30. “Fresno PD has really helped us protect our parishes in the city.” 

So far Fresno and its Roman Catholic churches have steered clear of any violence in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling. 

Pro-abortion activists organized a peaceful protest at Fresno City Hall over the weekend which saw hundreds of people head to downtown Fresno without any reported incidents of violence or confrontation with church groups. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.