Friday, December 11, 2015

WARNING: SEXUALLY EXPLICIT: Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome (For the Study of the History and Theology of the Church Fathers) to Host Sexy Plastic Surgery Conference. Brazilian Butt Lifting, Anyone?

The Augustinian Patristic Institute, where the sexy conference will be held

The original story is from the Daily Mail but it can be confirmed at the website of The European Society of Aesthetic Gynecology (ESAG). Before anyone jumps to assumptions or conclusions, here are the facts:
  • It's a conference of plastic surgeons that do surgery for women in a couple of different places. You know, there and there.
  • While some of the procedures are laudable--attempting to correct the effects of genital mutilation--most are either recreationally sex focused--"G-spot amplification"--or cosmetic and exploitive--"anal whitening," "butt lifting," etc.
  • The conference isn't sponsored by the Institute or the Vatican. As far as I can tell, the Augustinian Patristic Institute is simply renting out its conference hall.
  • News reports, as well as the ESAG website identify the conference as occurring "in the Vatican" or "in Vatican City." This appears to be either sensationalistic (the news sites) or marketing hype (the ESAG website). The Institute is next to or close by Saint Peter's but not in Vatican City.
  • Nevertheless, the gynecological conference promises a "general audience with the Pope," a special mass and a tour of he Vatican gardens. Or, as the site puts it:
The social event will take place in the Vatican City, participants will have the chance to visit the entire city of the Vatican and reach places not everybody can. Delegates will have the chance to attend the general audience of Pope Francisco, the Mass and to visit the Vatican gardens.
  • "Reach places not everybody else can." Quite.
  • The President of the ESAG as well as the keynote guest, speaker and lecturer is Dr. Alexandros Bader (picture below), a "world renown expert in G-spot enhancement."
  • ESAG has locations in Athens, Dubai and London and appears to be mainly made up of plastic-surgeon tycoons catering to wealthy European and Middle-East clients.

Why is this man smiling?

Here are some representative topics, lectures and events:
  • The mental cost of changing your appearance 
  • The connection between Traditional Gynecology and Cosmetic Gynecology, what we should consider and what to avoid 
  • Cosmetic Gynecology: The Indian experience 
  • G-Spot amplification, mythes (sic) and facts
  • FemiLift and sex theraphy. The new frontier
  • Laser Vulvar Bleaching
  • One stitch Vaginal Tightening (Video demonstration)
  • Brazilian Butt lifting, the S shape technique
  • Coffee Break
Here are the advertised "studies" of the Augustinian Patristic Institute, where the conference will be held:
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • License in Theology and Patristic Studies
  • Doctorate in Theology and Patristic Studies
  • License in Patristic Studies
  • Doctorate in Patristic Studies
  • Master's Degree in Augustinian Studies
  • Master in Joseph Ratzinger: Studies and Spirituality
And here's the lead blurb from the Augustinian Patristic Institute website:
The Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum of Rome, in cultivating the sacred sciences, especially the thought of the Fathers of the Church, Saint Augustine and his legacy, remains faithful to the age - old tradition of the Augustinian Order which, from the time of its foundation by the Apostolic See in the thirteenth century, has always paid particular attention to serious study. The Augustinians cultivated the sacred disciplines with such commitment that, already in the last few decades of the century which saw their birth, they had come to occupy a foremost position at Paris and at other principal European universities.
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So, what are faithful Catholics to make of all this?
  • This does not involve an infallible pronouncement from the Pope.
  • Thus, there is no official or formal heresy here. Mark Shea can relax.
  • Cha-Ching!
Finally, here is the original Daily Mail piece:

Secrets of the G-spot unravelled… by the Vatican: Catholic university overseen by the Church to host conference about the secrets of the female body
  • Augustinian Patristic Institute will host meeting of aesthetic gynaecologists 
  • The society's president is world renowned surgeon Dr Alexandros Bader 
  • He claims to be able to enhance women's G-spots, improve their sex life 
  • Conference delegates will also be greeted to audience with Pope Francis
A Catholic university linked to the Vatican will host a conference of gynaecologists who claim to be able to 'amplify' women's G-spots to kickstart their sex lives. 
The Augustinian Patristic Institute, near St Peter's Square in Rome, will host the first meeting of the European Society of Aesthetic Gynaecology in April next year. 
The society is headed up by Dr Alexandros Bader, a world renowned surgeon, who boasts of being able to 'enhance' a woman's G-spot on his website. 
Topics covered at the landmark conference are said to include the lifting, tightening and bleaching of female genitals. 
Delegates will also discuss the amplification of the G-spot and the O-spot, a point behind the surface which experts claim is more sensitive to pleasure than the G-spot. 
The delegates will also be greeted to an audience with Pope Francis and a walk with in the Vatican gardens, the Times reported. 
They will then take part in a 'hands on course' which features operations on '14 live cases'. 
On his website, Dr Bader wrote: 'G-Spot Enhancement is a revolutionary method which is based on magnifying the G-spot up to four times.' 
He claims this is done by injecting the spot with a special collagen filler which increases sensitivity and the 'intensity, duration and frequency of female orgasms'. 
He added: 'G-Spot Enhancement is a simple, non-intrusive and painless procedure, which takes place in our clinics and lasts some 15 minutes.'

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