CatholicWorldReport.com covers the lay manifestation which took place the day before the Vatican Summit on sex abuse. The silent demonstration was a powerful witness against the Vatican’s current program of silence and obfuscation in the face of one of the largest coverup/abuse scandals in the Church’s history.
From Catholic World Report:
Called “In Silence to Break Down the Wall of Silence,” the demonstration was organized to urge the bishops attending the Vatican’s summit on the problem of child abuse in the Church, which opens on Thursday, not to limit the discussion to pedophilia, but to speak up about all the moral issues at stake, and especially about “the scourge of homosexuality.”
As explained by fliers given out while the demonstrators stood silently praying the Rosary and meditating on religious texts, the participants were lay Catholics who had come from various parts of the world to urge “the silent bishops” to “dare to speak the truth to the Holy Father.”
“If the summit limits itself to addressing only the abuse of minors, as its title would seem to indicate, it is bound to be a failure,” said Professor Roberto de Mattei, president of the Lepanto Foundation. “To limit the scandal to pedophilia alone, while ignoring the scourge of homosexuality, would be hypocritical, because homosexuality is not only a vice contrary to human nature, it also represents the basis of a power structure within the Church.”
Read the rest HERE.
De Mattei and Michael Matt pray the rosary with 100 other Catholic laity in the Piazza San Silvestro, Rome.
(Photo: Tess Mullins)