"Mass" walk out during the Pope's pastoral letter
Date: Sunday, 21 March 2010
Time: 12:30 - 13:15
Location: The Pro-Cathedral
Incensed by the way that the Catholic Church has handled the revelations about how it 'managed' information that it had about known abusers within its ranks? Then join us for a SILENT protest on this coming Sunday at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
If you want to scream abuse this event is not for you. We wish to send a composed and respectful message to the Catholic Church that the attitude it has adopted concerning the way it protected known abusers within its ranks and ignored the rights of the abused, is not acceptable to believers and non-believers alike.
The position that the Church has taken thus far, is to
A) Claim that the law at the time did not mean that they had to report known abusers, even though common sense would indicate otherwise
B) Claim that they were getting unfair press for the abuse scandal and that really people shouldn't be focussing on them alone as there were other people abusing children as well.
C) Claim that the Vatican has been infiltrated by Satan and he is in fact to blame for every bad thing that has been committed by the Church and it's priests.
We feel that a letter from the Pope is not enough. The current Primate of Ireland has been shown to have witheld information regarding a serial abuser from the authorities and by doing so allowed that abuser to continue abusing for a further 20 years.
This cannot stand. A protest needs to be made. It needs to be public, and it needs to be brought to the churches door.
Please join us if you can. We aren't looking to cause trouble, we aren't looking to disrupt anyone's celebration of the Eucharist if that is what floats your boat. All we are looking to do is send a message to the Vatican, and to the Irish Church, that a letter is not enough. We need to see action.