Allegedly the pachamama idols were fished out of the Tiber, with nary a scratch on them! Amazing, when you consider that the things would have floated miles away before the Vatican got wind of the heist! C'mon! Does anyone really believe that the authorities took the time and trouble to fish some cheap baubles out of the Tiber? They had to have had more of the things in stock, and that is what we saw.
Come to think of it, to make that many replicas of pachamama, they would have had to (gasp!) kill lots of trees, right? For shame! The poor ole' earth must have cried and bled a storm when those trees were cut down! Talk about ecological sins! In fact, this leaked video gives the inside story on what happened behind Vatican walls when the gang heard the idols were missing. But I digress!
In his groveling apology, the pope hinted that the idols might appear at the closing Mass in St Peter's Bascilica. That was enough for some cardinals to state that if the statues appeared, they wouldn't participate. It appears the pope did an end-run around them, for a potted plant was processed at the Offertory and placed on the altar - in direct violation of the GIRM. My blogging colleage, Vox Cantoris, goes more into detail of this more covert idolatry.
Below is a video of the Mass. Watch for yourselves.
Some wonder now what the decent cardinals will do. I think the more relevant question is what will we do? That is a serious question to ponder as we pray our Rosaries for Holy Mother Church.