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sacrilege

the offence of breaking into a place of divine worship.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

SACRILEGE. The act of stealing from the temples or churches dedicated to the worship of God, articles consecrated to divine uses. Pen. Code of China, B. 1, s. 2, Sec. 6; Ayl. Par. 476.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Will the just man or citizen ever be guilty of sacrilege or theft, or treachery either to his friends or to his country?
There were a few of the town boys playing cricket, their wicket pitched on the best piece in the middle of the big-side ground-- a sin about equal to sacrilege in the eyes of a captain of the eleven.
The proposed Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, aim to achieve this objective by providing punishment of life imprisonment for such acts of sacrileges.
Amendments need presidential approval, as Legislative Assembly passes Bill CHANDIGARH:India's Punjab Legislative Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed Bills for an amendment to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.
In the recent past, there have been attempts to disturb peace and communal harmony in the state by committing sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Gita and Holy Quran, said Amarinder Singh, the chief minister, in a statement.
'Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He is offended.
The abuses, sacrileges, and irreverences in the official Church structure continue to go on, and many of the bishops remain silent and deaf to the bleat of their own sheep.
Bedard recognized these motivations in his article, and he was truthful enough to call it for what it is: sacrilege.
Altar rails do not solve everything (or maybe anything), but we have to at least stop pretending that the 'sacramental pez dispenser' strategy is a good one, and remember that sacrilege is a serious sin, a sin whose fruits we are currently reaping.