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Some call dumping that hideous naked-lady statue at the Amazon Synod into the Tiber vandalism. I call it a Rome beautification project

October 24, 2019

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Gee, sad! In the middle of the night a bunch of guys snuck into a church in Rome, took that wooden statue (or multiple statues) of the naked pregnant lady featured at the Vatican’s ongoing “Amazon Synod,” dumped it (or them) into the Tiber River–and videotaped themselves in the act.
Some may call it vandalism–such as the long-faced Jesuit priest/Twitter influencer Fr. James Martin:
The hatred unleashed by the Synod, which led to breaking into a church, is hatred of the “foreigner,” hatred of a Christianity that seems different from your own…
I call it a Rome beautification project. That statue was an ugly piece of junk, as phony-baloney as the synod itself, which is being run by German bishops trying to push the Catholic Church into ordaining women and getting rid of celibacy for priests–with the hope that this progressive agenda will lure a few more parishioners into their own empty churches along the Rhine.
The statue is supposedly authentic indigenous Amazonian art, reflecting the supposedly primitive peoples who run around naked all the time because they just don’t get the Western idea of wearing clothes. In fact, as this Crux Now article reveals, the statue was actually bought at “an artisan’s market” in Manaus, Brazil, which is not an encampment of hunter-gatherers with spears and blowpipes but a city of 2 million people whose opera house, museums, and water excursions have made it a major attraction for South American travelers.
In other words, the statue was bought at an airport-style tourist trap. Look at the poor quality of the carving–and the cheesy base. The statue resembles nothing so much as those cut-rate “indigenous Brazilian masks” that you can buy on the Internet (love the earphones on this indigenous fellow!). The artistic inspiration for the statue seems to have been a combination of the totem poles of the Pacific Northwest–which is nowhere near the Amazon River–and the sculpture of Picasso. Plus a little face-painting–because isn’t that what the indigenous people do down there, paint their faces?
Meanwhile a debate has raged over whether the naked lady was supposed to be a pagan fertility goddess (some volunteers at the church where it was displayed  were calling it “Pachamama” or “Mother Earth”)–or an image of the Virgin Mary, although naked because you know how indigenous people feel about wearing clothes. Obviously worried about the weird tree-planting ceremony that accompanied a display of the statue attended by Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens–a ceremony that including getting down onto the ground bowing in front of it–Vatican officials have scratched their heads trying to come up with an innocuous explanation for its presence on Vatican property, finally declaring that it was a “symbol of fertility and life.” You might be forgiven for saying, “Uh-huh.”
But the statue, along with the “Amazon spirituality” gobbledygook surrounding it (“There’s a tremendously deep connection between the seed of life that is the Amazon, the indigenous people, diversity and that God who too is diversity”) and the yard sale-style altar on which it was displayed, are only part of the general phoniness surrounding this synod, which was supposed to be all about saving the ecology of the Amazon basin but seems to have turned into being all about saving the ailing German church, where relentless progressivism rules. As Crux Now reports:

Consider four prelates in the synod who’ve spoken in favor of the ordination of the viri probati, meaning tested married men: Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Brazil, the synod’s relator, or chairman; retired Bishop Erwin Kräutler of Xingu, Brazil; Bishop Carlo Verzeletti of Castanhal, Brazil; and Bishop Eugenio Coter of Pando, Brazil.

One way of summing it up is that four Brazilians are in favor of married priests. Another way of saying it, however, is that three Europeans and an ethnic German are in favor of married priests, since Hummes is the son of German parents and studied in Switzerland, Kräutler was born in Austria, and Verzeletti and Coter are Italians from Brescia and Bergamo respectively; both are in Lombardy, a former province of the Austrian empire still influenced by the Teutonic mindset.

Some of the Kraut bishops want to create an “Amazonian rite. What–with piranhas?

Meanwhile, I sincerely hope, of course, that the perpetrators of the naked-lady vandalism are caught and subjected to the full force of the law. Although knowing the Italian police…

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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