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a whited sepulcher

A person, group, place, or thing presented as being virtuous and morally upright on the outside, but being hypocritically corrupt, immoral, or evil on the inside. A sepulcher is a burial vault containing the corpse of the deceased. Originally taken from a line in Matthew 23:27 in the Bible. We hope with this report to unmask the whited sepulcher that is the current governing body of the sport, which has profited off of bribery, the exploitation of migrant laborers, and the coercion of those who would stand against them. It always amuses me the shock people express when these TV evangelicals are exposed to be white sepulchers.
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a whited sepulchre

a hypocrite; someone who is ostensibly virtuous but inwardly corrupt. literary
This expression comes from Matthew 23:27: ‘Woe unto you…for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness’. A sepulchre is a room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead body is laid or buried.
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Israeli army officers are present around the gates of the Old City and passages that lead to the Holy Sepulchre, as well as inside the Church itself and on its roof.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor said the Ethiopian monastery really started as 'mud huts' when the Ethiopian Orthodox Church became self-governing in the early 20th century from the Coptic Patriarchate that subsequently expelled them from the Holy Sepulchre.
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The fire mysteriously ignites behind the altar of the Holy Sepulchre church, built at the site where Jesus Christ was buried and was resurrected on Easter.
The Christian communities emphasised that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Way of Sorrows are solely of Palestinian heritage and that none of the various occupiers over hundreds of years had dared to restrict worship in them or to put in place conditions controlling access to them for worship.
The Pope will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is in Palestinian territory, and he will celebrate Mass with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, built over the site where Jesus was reputedly buried after the crucifixion.
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They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulchre church.
The pilgrims were marking Good Friday by walking from the Monastery of the Flagellation along the route now known as the Via Dolorosa or Way of Suffering to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Filipinos, Indians, Spaniards and Sri Lankans were among those who took part in the procession through the Stations of the Cross under the watch of thousands of Israeli police.
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