(LIFESITENEWS) -- OTTAWA, October 21, 2017 – Catholic priest and apologist Fr. Mark Goring compared this morning’s removal and casting into the Tiber River of several replicas of a controversial naked statue, said to be Amazonian fertility goddess “Pachamama,” to the Gospel story of Jesus Christ, who made a whip of cords and angrily cast out the money-changers from the Temple and accused them of turning the holy place into a “den of thieves.”
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A widely circulated video showed that at least two people entered Santa Maria Traspontina church, near the Vatican, and removed the statues and then tossed them into the Tiber River.
Fr. Goring, who is part of the Companions of the Cross community, said, “The Amazon mysterious statues, that were creating so much confusion, have been seized and thrown into the Tiber River.”