Church Mass Moves Italian Man To Tear Out Both Of His Eyes

rome_trastevereThe Bible’s Gospel of St. Matthew quotes Jesus telling his disciples: ‘If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.’

A case of literal biblical interpretation gone gruesomely awry. If God spoke to you and told you to do this, would you? NBC New York writes:

An Italian man tore both of his eyes out in the middle of the priest’s homily at a church near Pisa, according to reports.

Fellow parishioners watched in horror as Aldo Bianchini, 46, used his bare hands to pull out both eyeballs. Bianchini later told surgeons, who were unable to save his vision, he heard voices that told him to do it.

“He was in a great deal of agony and he was covered in blood,” Dr. Gino Barbacci told the Daily Mail. “He said that he had used his bare hands to gouge out his eye balls after hearing voices telling him to do so – to do something like that requires super human strength.”

Father Lorenzo Tanganelli said he had just launched into his sermon when he saw a commotion in the back of the church, according to the Italian paper Corriere Fiorentino.

“This man at the back of the knave started tearing at his face and I realized he was gouging out his eyes,” Tanganelli told the paper. “I called for assistance and the paramedics were quickly at the scene and he was taken away and then I carried on celebrating Mass but a lot of people had left because they were so shocked by what they had seen.”

The Bible’s Gospel of St. Matthew quotes Jesus telling his disciples: ‘If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

23 Comments on "Church Mass Moves Italian Man To Tear Out Both Of His Eyes"

  1. Religious people doing something radical and pointless? Nothing new here.

  2. Religious people doing something radical and pointless? Nothing new here.

  3. I’m going to chalk this one up to mental illness and give the Cathars or Catholics or whoever it is a pass on this one.

    I suppose we’re just lucky that the guy was at mass and not watching Dexter when the voices started talking to him.

  4. I’m going to chalk this one up to mental illness and give the Cathars or Catholics or whoever it is a pass on this one.

    I suppose we’re just lucky that the guy was at mass and not watching Dexter when the voices started talking to him.

  5. I’m going to chalk this one up to mental illness and give the Cathars or Catholics or whoever it is a pass on this one.

    I suppose we’re just lucky that the guy was at mass and not watching Dexter when the voices started talking to him.

    • A Christian | Oct 6, 2011 at 9:51 am |

      I agree and appreciate your clemency on this Zenc.   I think this guy just forgot his tin foil hat when he went to mass.

  6. Now if only other “Christians” would take Christs sayings more seriously; things like:
    “Love your neighbor as yourself;”
    “Do unto others as you would have then do unto you;”
    it would be a much better world
    without end
    Amen. 

  7. Now if only other “Christians” would take Christs sayings more seriously; things like:
    “Love your neighbor as yourself;”
    “Do unto others as you would have then do unto you;”
    it would be a much better world
    without end
    Amen. 

  8. BuzzCoastin | Oct 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm |

    Now if only other “Christians” would take Christs sayings more seriously; things like:
    “Love your neighbor as yourself;”
    “Do unto others as you would have then do unto you;”
    it would be a much better world
    without end
    Amen. 

  9. A Christian | Oct 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

    I agree and appreciate your clemency on this Zenc.   I think this guy just forgot his tin foil hat when he went to mass.

  10. A Christian | Oct 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

    I agree and appreciate your clemency on this Zenc.   I think this guy just forgot his tin foil hat when he went to mass.

  11. I assume you meant “people” in general.  Nothing new there.  

  12. Another misleading article from Disinfo. I used to love this site. You fail to mention that the man suffered from Schizophrenia. Please include all the facts. I think religion is as cooky as the next, but not including all the facts is leaving people uninformed. 

  13. Another misleading article from Disinfo. I used to love this site. You fail to mention that the man suffered from Schizophrenia. Please include all the facts. I think religion is as cooky as the next, but not including all the facts is leaving people uninformed. 

  14. Another misleading article from Disinfo. I used to love this site. You fail to mention that the man suffered from Schizophrenia. Please include all the facts. I think religion is as cooky as the next, but not including all the facts is leaving people uninformed. 

  15. RoboBagons | Oct 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |

    LAWLS, jack ass.

  16. RoboBagons | Oct 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm |

    LAWLS, jack ass.

  17. Damn straight.

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