An investigation into a Virgin Mary statue seen crying at a church in New Mexico has produced more questions than answers. The sculpture, located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the town of Hobbs, made headlines back in May after members of the congregation noticed that it appeared to be weeping. As is often the case with such potentially miraculous events, word of the crying statue soon spread, the site was swamped with visitors, and church officials promised to look into the matter to see if they could determine what caused the weird weeping.
However, in something of a departure from what we've seen with other crying statue stories, the results of the promised investigation have come to light and they are rather remarkable. A test of the 'tears' by the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces reportedly determined that they were composed of scented olive oil akin to the kind used for various church ceremonies such as confirmations and baptisms. While more cynical observers may declare that the findings prove the tears were fabricated by someone within the church, investigators say that such a scenario, while possible, is pretty doubtful.
Find out at the Coast to Coast AM website how their rigorous examination of the sculpture left church officials scratching their heads and saying that they couldn't figure out how a hoax could even be possible.