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The Naked Woman in Cologne Cathedral and Her American Paparazzi Connection
Kresta in the afternoon ^ | January 5, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer

Posted on 01/05/2014 3:19:40 PM PST by NYer

On Christmas Day, as the 10 a.m. high Mass got underway in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, a young woman in the front row stripped off her coat, exposing her naked body, rushed to the sanctuary and climbed atop the great altar.  Painted across the screaming woman’s bare chest were the words “I AM GOD.”

Josephine Witt, the protestor, was a 20-year-old philosophy student and a member of the feminist anarchist group FEMEN.  Before Cardinal Joachim Meisner could begin the prayers of the Mass, she was quickly apprehended by ushers and guards and by angry worshippers, and whisked away to a waiting police car.  In videos of the disturbance, one man can be seen throwing his coat over Ms. Witt’s exposed breasts before she is dragged from the cathedral.  Another man, an elderly worshipper near the front pew, steps out to slap the screaming woman’s face before returning to his seat.

I’ve written about FEMEN before.  The group, which had its beginnings in 2008, has protested in support of issues including abortion and gay marriage, and opposing Islamism and sharia law.  Their radical viewpoints frequently bring them into conflict with religion.

This time, FEMEN’s objection is with regard to abortion rights.  In an interview with German journalist Fabian Reinbold published in the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel, Witt said:

“I do not consider myself to be God—which, of course, was a provocation.  You should show that we are all responsible for our actions on earth—that no one can forbid any woman to make decisions about their own bodies. This is exactly what Cardinal Joachim Meisner has done, however, by refusing to permit abortions. This is an unworldly approach, which fights against the Femen.”

Challenged by Reinbold to explain why FEMEN protested in a Catholic Church, and why it engages in shock protests which are considered by some to be vulgar, Witt explained:

“We act not against believers, but against the institution [of the Church] and people like [Cardinal] Meisner, which they use to oppress women.”

Witt asserted that FEMEN objects to Cardinal Meisner’s and the Catholic Church’s attitude toward “abortion and pedophilia”—as though the Church opposed the first, but supported the second.

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There are two things which irritate me about the whole shameful event—besides the exhibitionist freak show itself.

By the way, Hans Paul—the head of the paparazzi company which staked out the cathedral to catch Witt’s indecent stunt on film—has ties to America.  A German-born photo lab technician, Paul’s career has included early work on a steamship, in a Venezuelan steel factory, in an Israeli kibbutz, and in a copper mine in Israel’s Negev Desert.  He once hitchhiked across the United States; and in 1998, he established residency in Los Angeles, where he photographed Hollywood stars and other celebrities.  He now lives in Sydney, Australia, but his agency employs photographers worldwide.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: femen; germany; media

1 posted on 01/05/2014 3:19:40 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

So the media were all in on it, ping!


2 posted on 01/05/2014 3:20:18 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Those who believe in nothing will believe in anything.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 3:25:21 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer

They are anarchists.

Unbelievable. Typical of liberals.

They don’t understand what would happen to most women in a society without a protective law and order.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 3:25:24 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: NYer

The radical left is becoming unhinged with their hatred towards God and any other kind of authority.

It is also fair to say the radical right (suppose that’s me according to some) is not far from becoming unhinged either over the excesses of government.

Where does it all end? This act in a church is shameful, but I bet the elderly man who slapped the harpy will probably get in more trouble than her.


5 posted on 01/05/2014 3:26:35 PM PST by volunbeer
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To: NYer

C’mon, girls. Be REALLY edgy and try this stunt at a mosque.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 3:28:48 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: NYer

Shouldn’t it be Josephine Half-Witt? What a creepy thing to do.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 3:38:06 PM PST by jim35 (Obama: the second saboteur-in-chief.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“...and try this stunt at a mosque.”

Oh yeah, that would be outstanding. I’ve never seen a public stoning.


8 posted on 01/05/2014 3:39:49 PM PST by jim35 (Obama: the second saboteur-in-chief.)
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To: rlmorel; NYer
rlmorel :" They are anarchists..."

The anarchist wants to create chaos ,and shock !
See : Occupy _______
See : who supports Occupy _______
See : Obama Administration

9 posted on 01/05/2014 3:41:17 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Oh yeah. I am with you on that...


10 posted on 01/05/2014 3:49:09 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: volunbeer
I bet the elderly man who slapped the harpy will probably get in more trouble than her.

If I had been there I would have given her the good spanking she deserved.

11 posted on 01/05/2014 4:07:46 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Lol


12 posted on 01/05/2014 4:11:43 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Seems to me some Russian lefty girls tried something similar in a Russian church. I kinda think they are now in prison.

Same should happen to this lefty.


13 posted on 01/05/2014 4:29:08 PM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: rlmorel; volunbeer; Army Air Corps

This cathedral is the resting place of the 3 wise men.


14 posted on 01/05/2014 4:30:41 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Neidermeyer

I was fortunate enough to see this a few times when I was a kid - incredible architecture and history. You could still see some of the WWII damage from bombs and the smoothed slabs from the passing of thousands of feet.


15 posted on 01/05/2014 4:40:20 PM PST by volunbeer
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To: Neidermeyer

I did not know that...:)


16 posted on 01/05/2014 4:42:46 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: NYer
It's obvious she was off her meds and her "friends" took advantage of her.
Funny farm time for her...or the pokey for a couple of months.
17 posted on 01/05/2014 5:01:24 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: NYer

And I’m sure all the non-Catholic Christians here on FR will join in to condemn this act of sacrilege against the Lord.

Yes, anytime now. I just know they’ll be here.


18 posted on 01/05/2014 5:05:10 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee
And I’m sure all the non-Catholic Christians here on FR will join in to condemn this act of sacrilege against the Lord. Yes, anytime now. I just know they’ll be here.

I'm a Southern Baptist, so according to you, I MUST be in support of this because I'm non-Catholic?

I'm disgusted by this feminazi messenger of the devil.......but I'm more disgusted with your attitude that you would use this incident to bash Protestants - as you should know better.

Luke 9:49-50 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

And for good measure:

Matthew 4:4-5 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

19 posted on 01/05/2014 5:46:43 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Repeat Offender

No,she just knows the Baptists on this site!


20 posted on 01/05/2014 6:00:24 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus; Repeat Offender

“Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.”
Emo Phillips c.1985

Perhaps the funniest religious joke ever.


21 posted on 01/05/2014 6:11:46 PM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: outofsalt

That is a winner.f


22 posted on 01/05/2014 6:13:49 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: workerbee
"And I’m sure all the non-Catholic Christians here on FR will join in to condemn this act of sacrilege against the Lord."

Being a non-Catholic does not automatically make me anti-Catholic. An attack against any part of Christ's Church is an attack against all of us. Of course you already knew that.

23 posted on 01/05/2014 6:29:53 PM PST by semaj
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To: NYer

1. “I am God”? So did the Cologne police booking officer ask Josephine “Wo sind Sie jetzt?” (Follow-up question: Why did she have it in English instead of German?)

2. Stuff like this is exactly why a lot of us think of the left and the media as a monolithic complex and hate them all with a white-hot heat.


24 posted on 01/05/2014 7:15:50 PM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: Dr. Ursus

“No,she just knows the Baptists on this site!”

Much like the ones I grew up with.


25 posted on 01/05/2014 8:24:42 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Excellent post!


27 posted on 01/06/2014 2:55:37 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: NYer

and whisked away to a waiting police car.


It was a publicity stunt from start to finish, obviously including the police car.

However people react with out thinking, what they should have done was to go into silent prayer.

It was probably not cold enough to cause any harm to her but people just worry too much.


28 posted on 01/06/2014 4:00:45 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: cloudmountain

“It’s obvious she was off her meds and her “friends” took advantage of her.
Funny farm time for her...or the pokey for a couple of months.”

Off her meds? Good grief! She NEEDS to have an EXORCISM done her, demonic possesion BIGTIME!


29 posted on 01/06/2014 4:12:18 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ravenwolf

Please see post number 29. Thank-you!


30 posted on 01/06/2014 4:13:42 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: volunbeer

Where does it all end? This act in a church is shameful, but I bet the elderly man who slapped the harpy will probably get in more trouble than her.


I think the same way, or maybe i can go a little farther.

People may think of me as far right or even an anarchist, depending on what the issue is.

I think there may be reasons for abortion but as a choice it is the most ungodly act i can imagine.

At the same time i would not join in an anti abortion parade because i believe God is in charge where all souls are concerned and if those babies has souls ( and am sure they do )then they are in Gods hands.

A police state, left or right is of satan, we are not of this world but since i have a right to vote i will vote against abortion as a choice but will vote against the police state in most matters, its kind of a dammed if you do and dammed if you don,t situation.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 4:29:05 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: workerbee

Yes, anytime now. I just know they’ll be here.


And that should make you happy since you started it, but at least you called them Christians, which is more than most of them would do for you.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 4:35:14 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: Biggirl

Off her meds? Good grief!


You are right it is much more than just meds.


33 posted on 01/06/2014 4:43:20 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: outofsalt

I heard Emo originally tell that joke.....and I still laugh. I still tell that joke to people when they start to get pithy about doctrinal minutae.


34 posted on 01/06/2014 7:14:02 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Repeat Offender
I'm a Southern Baptist, so according to you, I MUST be in support of this because I'm non-Catholic?

Not at all, and I'm glad for your support of what should be a no-brainer for anyone who calls him- or herself a Christian. Your post was an anomaly as these things go. I haven't seen any non-Catholic Christian outrage at the punitive, monstrous legal battle being waged against the Little Sisters of the Poor, but I admit I'm here sporadically of late and may have missed some.

35 posted on 01/06/2014 5:56:10 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: NYer
The group, which had its beginnings in 2008, has protested in support of issues including abortion and gay marriage, and opposing Islamism and sharia law. Their radical viewpoints frequently bring them into conflict with religion.
This time, FEMEN’s objection is with regard to abortion rights.

At its roots, the argument is ALWAYS about abortion. They're single issue people.

36 posted on 01/08/2014 8:58:18 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Army Air Corps
C’mon, girls. Be REALLY edgy and try this stunt at a mosque.

Well they SAY they oppose Islam and sharia law, right? Let's see if they are radical enough to try it.

37 posted on 01/08/2014 8:59:23 PM PST by SuziQ
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