Local community group chairman says it's an example of how society is "slipping".
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the burglary at a church in Laois.
The incident occurred at St. Abban's Church in Killeen yesterday evening.
No belongings have been reported stolen but damage was done to the building during the forced entry.
Chairman of Killeen Community Group, John Mulhare says it's example of why communities need to stick together:
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on (057) 867 4100.