a sign of contradiction
By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 18, 2005
The Ad Limina Apostolorum site has an interesting report on some "evangelical vandalism" in Cologne. I'm pretty sure the mention of Planned Parenthood must in fact be a reference to the efforts of Catholics for a Free Choice.
We heard some of the WYD staff discussing some of the events the day the pilgrims arrived. Apparently on Monday Planned Parenthood did an all-out promotion, and plastered all the subways and railways in Cologne with pro-condom posters. But from the hour the pilgrims started arriving, the posters started coming down. Most pilgrims ripped selectively, crossways and upwards, to tear out the shape of a cross across the posters. Others took the whole things down (apparently unaware or unfazed by the fact that this is a criminal offense here). By the end of the first day, nothing was left on the subways but ripped-out crosses and bare walls. That's the energy here. It's not that the kids are necessarily fiercely orthodox. It's just that this is their show, it's their time, it's their Church, and they don't want anyone raining on their parade, or cramming ideology down their throats.
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Posted by: -
Aug. 19, 2005 2:33 PM ET USA
Wow, this is one of the most inspiring stories I've read on this site! God Bless every single person who ripped or tore down a poster. WWJD? There's your answer.
Posted by: Fr. William -
Aug. 18, 2005 5:25 PM ET USA
Thanks be to God for the response and witness of the Catholic youth at WYD. These youth at WYD and their actions speak loudly of their friendship with Jesus Christ, and of great courage and holy boldness! Thank you, too, Diogenes, for keeping us posted with such inspiring blogs and links. AMDG
Posted by: -
Aug. 18, 2005 3:05 PM ET USA
Actually, I hope that some of those posters remain--and are seen by Benedict XVI. Even Popes need graphic reminders occasionally of who the enemy is.