THERE’S no honour among thieves when it comes to places of worship on the Border.
Religious leaders have reflected on the erosion of respect for their churches as a sign of the times.
Senior pastor Philip Morton felt gutted this week after the most recent break-in at the Albury Church of God.
And priests from other churches on the Border have agreed that the attitude of the public has shifted in the past 15 years.
Father Kevin Flanagan, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in North Albury, said the church was still a sacred place but there was less respect in the world now, as a whole.
Few would argue. There simply aren’t as many God-fearing people as there used to be.
Father Peter Macleod-Miller, from St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Albury, said the “hocus pocus” was gone.
People might say that’s a good thing but for some, at least, it made them behave ourselves.
Thankfully, Christmas is just about the right time for one to have their faith restored. People will go to church and worship. They will be kind to each other.
But unfortunately we would need a Christmas miracle to stop the thieving.