Bleeding Virgin Mary statue attracts crowds in Baton Rouge

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62 Responses to “Bleeding Virgin Mary statue attracts crowds in Baton Rouge”

  1. spacemunky says:

    Only the blindly devout and superstitious would believe that statue is a virgin.

  2. chellberty says:

    Thank god, Glad Someone called the police she is obviously the victim of abuse. looking at you skyfairy I think you need to come down to the station. Is that raspberry or cherry filling?

  3. Ryan Griffin says:

    somehow I think that blood will taste like berry flavored birdshit.

    • Roy Irby says:

       Yep.  My Grandfather called them “poke-berries”.  When the berries were in season, you would think a bloody tampon had hit your windshield every time a bird shit hit.  (Just watched God Bless America, hence the tampon reference).

      • blueelm says:

        Oh pokeberries. They look soooo good, but even the birds appear to shit blood when they eat them.

        Poke is a really fascinating plant.

    • Phil Fot says:

       That was my first thought.

  4. Zeno Ferox says:

    One of the local birds has bleeding hemorrhoids, that’s all.

  5. Having seen that picture, I am reminded that Mary was  indeed a white lady with brownish hair.

  6. Humancentric says:

    I’m so glad I left that backwards city for NYC.

  7. soylent_plaid says:

    *sigh*  Say it with me now:

    “Someone is swabbing the statue with fake blood when people aren’t looking.”

    I honestly wouldn’t care about stuff like this – as John Lennon said, “Whatever gets you through the night” – but you know that somebody is going to try and use this to fleece the gullible.

  8. Mitchell Glaser says:

    That’s a nice hat she’s wearing. Gives her a kind of Wonder Woman look. How appropriate.

  9. chris jimson says:

    OK, how many here saw the title and for a split second thought it said “attacks” not “attracts”?

    Now THAT would make for a good story. AND a good movie.

  10. Guido says:

    I hope that they don’t try to get the person who debunks this in jail, as the Chruch is trying to jail Sanal Edamaruku

  11. ymr049c says:

    How is this even supposed to make sense in the Christian mythology? Why would Mary’s head bleed? There are no stories I know of her wearing thorns, or suffering a head blow, or whatever.

    I guess my expectation that something like this should have a coherent thread with the rest of the religion is part of why I don’t get the religion in the first place.

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    “Mother Mary”?  The person who wrote that article must not be Catholic.

  13. Bucket says:

    The first rule of religious statuary fight club is that you don’t talk about religious statuary fight club. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      She must have cheated.  The 6th Rule of Religious Statuary Fight Club is No halo, no mantle.

      • Teller says:

        Just for your notebook: Haloes were an invention of the Romans, placed on statuary to protect the heads and faces from the elements and, I suppose, birds. From there they evolved into a religious symbol.

        • Warren Grant says:

          Much of modern Christianity, specifically Catholicism, is derived from the Pagan religions that predated it as well. Myth is not logical by and large.

          • Wreckrob8 says:

            Maybe so. It is intuitive and not necessarily unreasonable. The Church reasons poorly.

  14. Millions of devout Catholics around the world, and not one of them carries a bandage or tourniquet for an exsanguinating saint.

  15. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Sorry but Mary already appeared on a piece of my toast.

  16. Pope Ratzo says:

    I’ve got a statue in the back yard and when the mulberry trees have ripe fruit, there are marks like this all over it, thanks to the digestive systems of birds.

    I can’t help but be reminded of the South Park about the bleeding Virgin Mary statue.  Oh geez, I can’t even describe it without making this NSFW, especially if you happen to work at the Vatican.

  17. pjcamp says:

    Somebody capped her ass. Mary never shoulda got mixed up with the smack dealers.

    How come the bleeding virgin never bleeds where a virgin ought to bleed?

  18. “Full of grace!” – Pecker (1998)

  19. Doran says:

    I wonder what the folk who think the statue is bleeding think about global warming.

  20. Grahamers2002 says:

    Good thing this wasn’t in India.   You can get thrown in jail for debunking fake stuff like this:  
    http://reason.com/blog/2012/07/05/debunk-a-miracle-go-to-jail-for-blasphem

  21. simonbarsinister says:

    Fun With People ™:

    Prank 1: Stained glass window in a church in the form and pattern of a 3D stereogram of Jesus or other appropriate symbolism. Bored parishoner lets his eyes unfocus and *wham* Jesus appears.

    Prank 2: Make a ceramic mold of a statue of Jesus or Mary; Place a small growing cucumber in the mold; Allow to grow to fill the mold in the shape of the statue. Discretely place Holy Cucumber in a supermarket. Stand back, start video camera, let the fun begin.

  22. rattypilgrim says:

    Oh, for God’s sake! 

  23. and we wonder why this country is in so much trouble.

  24. Paul Boudreaux says:

    I suppose this is what happens when Mitt Romney visits. Is this local news anywhere in Baton Rouge? No, it’s CNN…  Speaking of which, I think I’ll have myself a bloody mary and watch the episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia where they find a potentially “holy stain” in the back of their bar…

  25. drunkenpastor says:

    Jesus. Bullet wounds are supposed to bleed.

  26. Petzl says:

    Horatio Caine: [Insert bad "Bloody Mary" or "Virgin Bloody Mary" reference followed by Caine putting on trademark sunglasses]
    YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
    [Roll Titles]

  27. peterkvt80 says:

    Is this part of a  new Jammie Dodger campaign? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clu36dt2y88

  28. Sirkowski says:

    That quote is so post-modernist it’s making me bleed too… e_e

  29. Richard Kirk says:

    “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (RSV Exodus 20:3-6).

    Jus’ sayin’, is all. Maybe a church down the road that hasn’t got a statue in the news ought to show them the error of their ways.

  30. TRH says:

    As a practicing Catholic (convert from Baptist!) who is  quite accustomed to having the Church, and Catholics in general, bashed at every turn, I have to commend Mark.  The quotation is a rather fair one about how such devotions work…. even if some particular devotions – such as this ridiculous bleeding statue – are clearly bunk.

  31. katkins says:

    If that’s pokeberry bird poo, I’m guessing there’s more nearby…  holy gutter! Holy car!  Holy sidewalk!   Holy shirt! (Oh, yeah, I meant to sew that up.)

  32. stuck411 says:

    How log was it before a holly rolling trinket cart showed up to shill its wares? 

  33. niktemadur says:

    In my hometown a few years ago, a neon light outside a hospital started casting an elongated shadow.  In a couple of days, HUNDREDS of devout catholics stood in pious vigil at night.  I kept a picture of this miraculous apparition of the Virgin Of Guadalupe, here it is for your spiritual enjoyment.

  34. BarelyFitz says:

    “One way to think about it is to see how this is real for those who devote themselves to Mary…”

    Reminds me of a quote from Blazing Saddles:

    “You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.”

  35. wysinwyg says:

    Taking a second look I’m starting to think it might actually be a Carrie Fisher statue.

  36. Shinkuhadoken says:

    *sigh*

    You spill one bottle of nail polish and you never hear the end of it…

  37. Gnou says:

    What started as a tweet in Baton Rouge became news in Tampa Bay. Someone call Edward Lorenz.

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