Bleeding Virgin Mary statue attracts crowds in Baton Rouge

NewImage "One way to think about it is to see how this is real for those who devote themselves to Mary, and what that means to them as a kind of prayerful way to contemplate the role of Mary in their lives, or Jesus in their lives. And, for many people, it's empowering and it's a way to return to a devotion." -- LSU religious studies professor.
Dozens gather to pray at Mother Mary statue they say is bleeding (Via Christian Nightmares)


  1. 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?

    1.  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).

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

        Poke is a really fascinating plant.

  2. *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.

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

  4. 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.

      1.  “Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink.”

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

      1. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. Horatio Caine: [Insert bad “Bloody Mary” or “Virgin Bloody Mary” reference followed by Caine putting on trademark sunglasses]
    [Roll Titles]

  14. “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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.)

  17. 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.

  18. “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.”

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

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

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