Church in Newtown evacuated; All clear given

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Updated: 12/16/2012 11:40 pm
UPDATE: State Police give the all clear at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown.

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (CNN) -- Authorities evacuated a Catholic church in Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday.

It was unclear why the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church had been evacuated.

Witnesses said authorities told them to leave the church premises.

In front of the church, authorities were seen collecting stuffed animals from a makeshift memorial and placing them in plastic bags.

A column of armed police officers walked across the church property and entered a building next to the church's parking lot.

The church is less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults Friday before killing himself.

UPDATE: Witnesses at the mass said police entered the church and told parishioners that a threat had been made against the church and the surrounding area and that everyone had to leave immediately.

NEWTOWN, CT (NBC News) - St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown has been evacuated. State police have responded to the church, according to NBC reporter Audrey Washington.

A noon mass was being held at the Roman Catholic Church at 46 Church Hill Road.

More than a dozen State Troopers armed with assault rifles entered a home next to the church, according to Washington.

Parishioners and news media were told to leave the church property immediately.
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neilallen - 12/16/2012 4:03 PM
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The Catholic church may have CREATED these monsters by raping them when they were children. Known Catholic pedophile priest Fr Castaldo hunted children in Newtown, CT when shooter Adam Lanza was 7 years old. Like most Catholic priest rape victims, Adam Lanza may have remained silent his whole life, trying to deal with the incomprehensible psychological trauma of thinking he was being stabbed to death by “Christ on earth”, (as priests call themselves) while he was being raped. His young brain would have spent its whole life trying to rationalize that moment. When he hit an older age, seeing that the Catholic church protected child rapists and not child rape victims, he might rationalize in this world of evil that no children should be protected. St. Rose’s Catholic church may have been threatened because they hid a priest that may have raped Adam Lanza when he was a 7 year old boy. The people doing the threatening might be some of Fr Castaldo’s other child rape victims, who sees Catholics supporting their church as they hide more child rapists than any other institution in history, and fight child rape victims more than any other institution in history. It’s the best explanation yet.

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