A British man sat in a congregation, during mass, listening to a sermon, stood up, and suddenly ripped out his eyes. Aldo Bianchini, 46, then collapses in a pool of blood.
While the priest called for help, his mother tried to help him. Once at the hospital, surgeons tried to repair his eyes, but say they could not restore his site.
Father Lorenzo Tanganelli stated he just started the sermon when the man stood up and ripped out both his eyes.
"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."
According to Dr. Gino Barbacci, Bianchini was “in a great deal of agony and covered in blood”.
"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 Tangenelli stated that they were lucky that one of the people in the congregation was an off-duty paramedic and able to assist Bianchini. After emergency service took Bianchini to the hospital, Father Tangenelli attempted to return to his sermon, only to find that most of those in attendance left due to the traumatic scene.
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."