Skip to comments.The Naked Woman in Cologne Cathedral and Her American Paparazzi Connection
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.
“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.
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.
So the media were all in on it, ping!
Those who believe in nothing will believe in anything.
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.
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.
C’mon, girls. Be REALLY edgy and try this stunt at a mosque.
Shouldn’t it be Josephine Half-Witt? What a creepy thing to do.
“...and try this stunt at a mosque.”
Oh yeah, that would be outstanding. I’ve never seen a public stoning.
The anarchist wants to create chaos ,and shock !
See : Occupy _______
See : who supports Occupy _______
See : Obama Administration
Oh yeah. I am with you on that...
If I had been there I would have given her the good spanking she deserved.
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.
This cathedral is the resting place of the 3 wise men.
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.
I did not know that...:)
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.
No,she just knows the Baptists on this site!