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Avatar of BillBy on December 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Man hurls paint cans at Poland’s black Madonna

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The wife and I vacationed in Poland in 2000 and visited Czestochowa and the Jasna Gora monastery.

A man hurled cans of paint at Poland’s most sacred icon on Sunday in an attack that failed to damage the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora but shocked many in the staunchly Catholic country.

The 58-year-old attacker was detained by guards at the monastery holding the revered depiction of Mary and the baby Jesus in the southern city of Czestochowa, police said.

“The icon is shielded by a protective plate of glass and was unharmed,” Czestochowa police spokeswoman Joanna Lazar added.

It was unclear why the man carried out the attack or whether the paint cans were open. A statement on the Jasna Gora monastery website said the attacker had tried to deface the icon with a “black substance”.- Associated Press

Personally I think the guy is probably mentally ill. The next time I speak to Fr. Tomaz, the Roman Catholic priest who showed me and Dear Wife around Poland, thinks about it. Fr. Tomasz is from Czestochowa. Thousands of Poles make pilgrimages to the monastery every year to see the icon, whose origin is shrouded in mediaeval lore.

Thousands of Poles make pilgrimages to the monastery every year to see the icon, whose origin is shrouded in mediaeval lore.

The pilgrimages take place in August before Assumption(August 15th) and Our Lady of Czestochowa(August 26th) and it was in the days before the former that I was in Poland.  Dear wife and I was staying in a hotel right next to Jasna Gora and would hear the pilgrims approaching because they often sang or chanted.

Poland is an interesting country. I really enjoyed visiting it.

  • Setnaffa
    6:37 pm on December 9th, 2012 1

    Given it was members of the group Dubya called “the Religion of Peace” who used artillery shells to deface the Sphinx, destroy the Afghan Buddhas, and even the Muslims tombs in Timbuktu, there may be clues for those who are curious…

    That and the fact that every attack by these same people is called out as “a mentally-disturbed person acting alone.”

    Who else hates Christmas that much? Joos? No, they own the banks and stores according to the Ron Paul crowd. Communists? No, they actually approved of the Orthodox Church.

    Musta been a Presbyterian… :mrgreen:

  • Teadrinker
    8:18 pm on December 9th, 2012 2


    Actually, there have been many similar attacks on secular art held by museums in the last couple of years.

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:51 pm on December 9th, 2012 3

    The icon is shielded by a protective plate of glass…

    I find their lack of faith disturbing. Sort of like the pope riding around in a bulletproof car.

    Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the LORD your God.

  • Setnaffa
    6:32 am on December 10th, 2012 4

    #2, Sure; and always by “a mentally-disturbed person acting alone.”, right? Those crazy Presbyterians… :mrgreen:

  • Setnaffa
    6:35 am on December 10th, 2012 5

    #3, Surely you can’t expect Catholics to forgo statues, relics, rosaries, or icons! Why, that would almost make them Protestants!!!! :shock:

  • Setnaffa
    6:38 am on December 10th, 2012 6

    #4, you’re right! Here’s the video: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • expat
    1:23 am on December 12th, 2012 7

    Just saw this and glad you covered it. Yes, Poland is a great place to visit. Lower cost than the West EU and loaded with historical sites. Too bad the US backed out of the missile shield and moving some troops there from Germany. The painting is only open for view for brief periods so the guy must have planned his move well in advance.

  • Setnaffa
    5:29 am on December 12th, 2012 8

    @8, have you read Psalm 14?

  • The Joker
    5:54 am on December 12th, 2012 9

    “The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.”

    That I am, that I am, dear Setnaffa.


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