‘We Will Not Stand By’

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Colm O’Gorman (top) writes:

This month, Pope Francis will come to Ireland. It will be a visit full of pageantry and symbolism. A visit that has deep meaning for many people of faith.

But it seems that this visit will also be marked by an effort to silence and marginalise those whom the church has harmed.

We cannot allow that to happen.

We cannot stand by as those who suffered abuse and violation are pushed to one side and denied.

We cannot stand by and see the victims of the church’s brutal history marginalised and dismissed. We cannot stay silent as the Vatican uses its power and pomp to forcefully deny the reality of the harm it has done.

We will not stand by.

If you or someone you love has been harmed or abused by the Catholic Church, or if you want to stand in solidarity with those who have been abused, join us, in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin on Sunday August 26th at 3pm.

Stand with us. In solidarity, in dignity and in truth.

We are a different Ireland.

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9 thoughts on “‘We Will Not Stand By’

  1. Grace

    500,000 people should be attending this in protest, not going to a stupid vanity mass for a pope with good PR

  2. Truth in the News

    Will those who wish to get to the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin be afforded the
    same access as those who wish to visit and attend the Papal Mass in the Park
    There are wholesale restrictions to access on roads in Dublin that will prevent
    access to parts of Central Dublin
    Same goes for Knock,N17 Road is closed, so how are people travelling in the direction
    of Tuam from north of Knock Airport going to get to the Silent Vigil in Tuam.
    Will the Guards, with last 2 months who have manned and maintained road blocks
    on a 24 hour basis into Knock Village, be directed to provide clearway so that those
    who wish to travel to Tuam may do so unimpeded…..?
    We would need to establish from Mr Calvey, the Local Superintendent of Guards in
    Claremorris who is footing the bill for the 24 Hour road blocks
    Is not the real reason for all the road blocks and event ticketing to prevent protest
    that would seriously damage what reputation the Catholic Church have still left
    Very powerful forces in Vatican are using this visit to reinvent themselfves and cast
    off the past, any of all those who profess a christian faith need to confront this secret
    cabal, as if they are allowed to continue they will destroy whats left, indeed it looks
    that the current Pope is their prisoner and not their Boss.

    1. newsjustin

      “Is not the real reason for all the road blocks and event ticketing to prevent protest
      that would seriously damage what reputation the Catholic Church have still left.”

      The ticketing is to get the numbers and health&safety right, as with Phoenix Park. The roadblocks, I imagine, are likely to prevent people with caravans from descending en masse on Knock and parking up illegally.

      People who want to protest should just use the transport and access arrangements for the papal events.

  3. Jésus María Josépha

    Fair enough. But the protest should require free tickets to gauge the interest. I’ll be there regardless.

    IMO It’s possible to protest and respect the right of others to attend the Big GIg too. I dare say there would have been people who wanted to attend both events. Lots of Catholics are disgusted with the Church behaviour but believe in a higher power that requires them to profess their faith at RC events.

    However, that seems to be an ecumenical matter on the Fr Ted level.

    I do wish Colm O’G would lose the Jeremy Corbyn look…. it’s not going to end well….

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