January 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A topless protester with the notorious feminist group FEMEN disrupted Christmas Eve Mass in Cologne, Germany, jumping on top of the altar with the words “I am God” scrawled across her torso.
According to FEMEN’s website, the act was a protest “against the Vatican propaganda about criminalization of abortion.”
Cologne’s Cathedral is home to Cardinal Archbishop Joachuim Meisner, who was celebrating mass, and, according to local media, turned 80 that day.
The protester, 20-year-old Josephine Witt, was taken away by the Cathedral’s security. According to FEMEN, she is awaiting trial for disruption of religious ritual and could face up to three years of jail.
The group has warned the Catholic Church of “further retribution” if Witt is not released. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” they wrote.
Media report that FEMEN said the protest was also against the cardinal’s “sexist and patriarchal” positions.
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