Exorcist called over ‘Satanic’ statue in Italy with ‘erect penis’

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‘GLARINGLY ERECT PENIS’: Fury has been sparked over the statue in Vergato, Italy (Pic: CEN)

The statue has been made by well-known local painter and sculptor Luigi Ontani, 76.

His latest creation of the fawn that has caused such debate was unveiled a month ago in the village of Vergato near Bologna in northern Italy.

It has sparked outrage from political groups and Christians who have branded is “satanic”. 

Depicting a fawn, the statue shows the creature with horns an an erect penis carrying a boy with butterfly wings.

Local MP Simone Pillon from the Northern League described the statue as “Satan personified”, adding that it needed to be “covered in concrete”.

Fawn statue exorcism

EXORCIST: Davide Fabbri turned up the cast out the demons from the penis fawn (Pic: CEN)

Fawn statue exorcism

HOLY: Davide Fabbri’s exorcism wasn’t back by locals who said it was ‘scary’ but not ‘satanic’ (Pic: CEN)

“An imposing statue of a devil with huge horns and a glaringly erect penis, carrying on his back a boy with butterfly wings”

Simone Pillon

Pillon said: “Its an imposing statue of a devil with huge horns and a glaringly erect penis, carrying on his back a boy with butterfly wings, it should be buried in a stream of cement.”

Police are investigating after the statue was smeared with excrement a day after the exorcism of the statue.

Local media identified the exorcist who was called out as Davide Fabbri, who they said had been convicted for printing and distributing Mussolini’s pictures.

The village’s priest, Don Silvano Manzoni, said that while somewhat frightening, to say the statue was demonic was an exaggeration.

Local paper Il Giornale also reported that on social media the fountain was deemed as symbolic of paedophilia.

Fawn statue exorcism

Fawn statue exorcism (Pic: CEN)

The 150,000 EUR cost of the statue included 55,000 EUR from public funds, with the rest raised by donations from locals. 

It is meant to symbolise the Appenines and the nearby river Rhine which runs through the valley with the flowing water falling onto a Triton figure, representing the surrounding local mountain “monte Pero”.

The attackers who smeared it with excrement left a message saying that it was a protest against “your degenerate art and your damned souls” and the note was signed by “the soldiers of Christ who wish to show their opposition.”

The mayor, Massimo Gnudi, said the authorities are investigating and that this whole campaign against a statue is probably political in nature because the European elections are getting closer.



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