A Virgin Mary icon weeping
We'd like to clarify that no, we did NOT spend $2.5 million on a crying painting.

We certainly like to think of ourselves as well informed when it comes to the headlines of the day. It's important for us to know what's going on in the world, and particularly how those events might impact the Universal Life Church or the work that we do.

So, you'll imagine our confusion when news outlets began reporting that a mysterious Illinois-based group calling themselves the Universal Life Church has purchased a "Weeping Virgin Mary" icon in Chicago for $2.5 million.

The icon was bought from Chicago's Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which had previously filed for bankruptcy after running into financial troubles. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge reportedly approved the sale, although we have yet to track down a record of it.

No, It Wasn't Us

This is definitely not a sentence we ever thought we'd have to write, but we'd like to clarify that no, we did NOT spend $2.5 million on a crying painting.

We are not aware of any groups operating in Chicago under our name, so we're just as befuddled as many of you probably are. To our knowledge, there have been no further reports as to what the group plans to do with the art installation or where it will be displayed.

Whoever this mysterious buyer is, we wish them the best of luck finding a safe spot for their expensive (albeit moist) new purchase.



    what a pile of junk! I would not give two fitty for that pile of elephant dung and piss.



  1. Linda Weeks's Avatar Linda Weeks

    Everybody likes possible mysteries, but how many people could you help with that money instead of buying this icon?

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Absolutely! That money could be far better spent helping those in need.


      1. Rev Buzz's Avatar Rev Buzz

        Lionheart: Isn’t that true of most of the money spent to build magnificent structures as houses of worship, when a simple metal framed building would serve the same purpose. It seems as though god would be more appreciative of money spent to help others, rather than have it spent on structures where he is worshipped.

  1. Frank Villari's Avatar Frank Villari

    The church was sold for $2.5 million, not the painting.

  1. Secretary3rd's Avatar Secretary3rd

    Gullible. It is better then blood pouring out of its eyes. Making it cry I would ask how would you do it? What chemicals if apply would streak down. It is like that Shroud of Turin which was produced in the 14th century.

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