Sculpture of the “birthing Mary” in Linz Cathedral destroyed


Not for the faint-hearted: The figure of the Virgin Mary giving birth with her legs spread apart was supposed to open up a new perspective on the incarnation of God – in St Mary’s Cathedral in Linz. She did not survive.

The sculpture of the Virgin Mary giving birth in St Mary’s Cathedral in Linz has been destroyed. As reported by the online portal and confirmed by the Diocese of Linz, the head of the sculpture was sawn off on Monday morning. The police have been called in. “Whoever removed the head of the sculpture acted very brutally,” said the artist of the statue, Esther Strauß. This shows “that there are still people who question women’s right to their own bodies. We must take a firm stand against this,” said the artist.

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