VIDEO – Meet the guy who boosted and “tiberized” Pachamama and “Pachamama meets the God of Surprises”

Corrispondenza Romana has a video introduced by Roberto de Mattei, in which the young Austrian man who tossed the wooden Pachamama demonic graven images into the Tiber. I saw the video at Rorate at first.

Fr. Z kudos to Alexander Tschugguel! He says he will have more videos. This is the sort of zeal of which our house is in sore need.

Meanwhile, in another video… different in tone… an American deals with the demon idol in a quintessentially American way. Enjoy.


Meanwhile… a correspondent sent a photo of something in a church in Washington DC with this comment”

Not to be outdone by the Pachamamas at S. Maria in Traspontina…

…the Basilica of the Real Absence on Wisconsin Avenue NW goes All-Siddhartha.

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  1. Glennonite says:

    Straw, meet camel’s back. Brilliant end with Ezekiel.

  2. HighMass says:

    Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat!!

  3. There is an excellent interview with Taylor Marshall. The young man is amazing and some of the personal things he is talking with Taylor about is also amazing.

  4. Sandy says:

    Love the God of surpirses! Had a great laugh at the intro, but the ending also brought tears to my eyes that we have come to this point. Praise God that there are brave warriors who will stand up to evil! Have to watch the other video later. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed, FatherZ!

  5. zeremoniar says:

    There are many interviews, but this from the “Church Militant” is very good: It is worth watching till the end! The link to the St. Boniface Institute mentioned in the video:

  6. bobbird says:

    Of Alexander Tschigguel:
    Some observations:
    There still are real Christians in post-Christian Europe. It is great to see that this was not an American Catholic, who have carried the water defending the faith for too long. In my one visit to Austria (Salzburg), I was impressed that the public observation of Catholic feast days and crucifixes was still in evidence.

    He is a convert from Lutheranism. All conservative Lutherans, Evangelicals and Protestants ought to claim this guy as one of their own, too. If Catholicism goes down, the other denominations will, too.

    He is basking in the glow now. Watch to see if the Vatican and the pope, who actually dared to apologized for the actions without knowing who they were, will not impose some kind of ecclesiastical sanctions on them.

    What a farce it will be if Cdl. Dolan and Alaska’s bishops allow Joe Biden and Lisa Murkowski to receive HC, and not … Alexander Tschigguel!
    “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.”

  7. Gaetano says:

    I’m guessing that the Buddhism display is at the Episcopalian National Cathedral, which is in Wisconsin Avenue in DC).

  8. Marion Ancilla Mariae II says:

    Gaetano, my guess is the same of yours. So very sad.

    And I think that the young men who threw those demon-idols into the Tiber should go down in the Catholic annals as heroes of the Church. Boundless admiration! Thank God for those among our truly wonderful young people.

  9. Kerry says:

    “Give us back our idols!!!”
    “Come and take them!”
    When an idol absolutely has to be destroyed, reach for the Tannerite! Doing the job right, first time, every time. Tannerite.

  10. roma247 says:

    This guy has galvanized the Catholic world. Could this be the beginning of the turning of the tide?

  11. L. says:

    Your comedic comment, “…the Basilica of the Real Absence on Wisconsin Avenue NW goes All-Siddhartha,” brought back bad memories of my early teenage years in my rural parish. Two obviously-perplexed religious sisters whose order had shirked any form of religious dress and any reasonable form of Catholicism “taught” me as the only member of my CCD age group.

    They had me read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I questioned this assignment and they had the vague idea that there was something of value in it. I felt sorry for them, and sorry for myself. Their order has, I think, since imploded, as it deserved to.

  12. GregB says:

    The Ezekiel verse is on target. King Solomon had his heart turned to idolatry by his foreign wives
    1 Kings 11:4
    4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
    King Jeroboam was guilty of idol worship.
    1 Kings 14:9 and 1 Kings 14:16:
    9 but you have done evil above all that were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods, and molten images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back;
    16 And he will give Israel up because of the sins of Jerobo?am, which he sinned and which he made Israel to sin.”
    King Manasseh was also guilty of idol worship.
    2 Kings 21:11:
    11 “Because Manas?seh king of Judah has committed these abominations, and has done things more wicked than all that the Amorites did, who were before him, and has made Judah also to sin with his idols;
    God’s relationship with Israel and the New Israel of the Church is spousal. Idolatrous Israel was called a harlot. In modern terms this would come uncomfortably close to making the bad kings of Israel/Judah pimps trafficking God’s spouse to idols. Thus turning Israel/Judah into a worldly harlot, the Whore of Babylon. The worldly members of the Church hierarchy would appear to be following the bad example of the bad kings of Israel/Judah promoting idolatry and is coming uncomfortably close to making them pimps trafficking the Bride of Christ, to turn her into a worldly harlot, into another Whore of Babylon.

  13. ArthurH says:

    Thank you, Lord, that there are still males who know what it means to be men.

  14. Marion Ancilla Mariae II says:

    Amen, amen, amen! to that Arthur H!

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  16. PostCatholic says:

    Is the (nominally Episcopalian) National Cathedral must be the “Basilica of the Real Absence?” The only Catholic church I can think of on Wisconsin Avenue is St Ann’s, and I guarantee that Mons. James Watkins, its pastor, is your kind of fiddle-backin’ padre.

  17. rcg says:

    Maybe now we know the name of Grendal’s Möder.

  18. Spinmamma says:

    Thank God for such Catholics! Thank God for such strong young men. I am now subscribed, and hope to hear more from both.

  19. exNOAAman says:

    That God of surprises vid is nice.
    ” I love the smell of Holy Scripture in the morning. Smells like….Vigano.”

  20. PaulK says:

    This guy is going to get arrested and charged for public mischief

    Look, I thought the Pachamama was a bad idea… but how can you possibly approve of this kind of vigilantism?

    The entire video reeks of self righteousness. A courageous act? Taking it upon himself to interpret the first commandment and come to the conclusion that the statues had to go and he
    and his boys were the one to do it?

    ” Just as the last Hail Mary was spoken, the church doors opened”… implying that God or the BVM herself was approving of what he was about to do?

    We can do better than that

  21. monstrance says:

    Tannerite indeed –
    With the assistance of a 300 Win Mag cartridge – I’m guessing.

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  23. Spinmamma says:

    @PaulK Yes, he may get arrested and charged–part of the risk he assumed. Have you ever heard the story of the little Chinese girl who crept into the closed and guarded church to pray and eat the crumbs of the Holy Wafers that were scattered on the floor while the Church was desecrated? She was eventually detected and beaten to death while the imprisoned priest watched helplessly from his window. She is an example of great faith and someone who believed without limit in the True Presence, and who had the temerity to think she had responsibility to do something. How strange that two people can watch the video and come away with such disparate views of this young man’s personality and intentions. I saw no self-righteousness, and I was watching closely for it. I truly wonder what YOUR interpretation of the First Commandment is. You might want to review Jeremiah or Chapter 25 of the Book of Numbers before you answer that. I believe the time is here for us to show by action which half of the camp we are in. Peace to you.

  24. teomatteo says:

    “The entire video reeks with self righteousness.”
    nahh. (I know self righteousness when I see it, that wasnt it)
    “We can do better than that.”
    ??? ok what??? did ya do?

  25. “…quintessentially American way”

    Yup. No nuanced images there. While the rest of the world wrings its collective (collectivist) hands, real men are not afraid to attempt to right wrongs.

    However you sense it…worshiping a pagan goddess, no matter what window dressing you attempt to put on it or spin doctoring you mouth…it’s still an affront to the Christ present in the tabernacle.

    I’m sure the Episcopalian meeting house down the road (anywhere) would be more welcoming. Or the Unitarians. Either/or. But ugly pagan images have NO place in a Catholic church building.

  26. Johann says:

    We don’t need no water, let the Pachamama burn,
    burn Pachamama, burn.

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