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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 16, 2008

A gay rights action group has announced its intention to hurl ashes at the popemobile and to drown out the Pope's addresses with whistles in order to call attention to his sins.

The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on all Catholics of good will to take the Papal visit as an opportunity to shower the Pope mobile with ashes instead of confetti. Ashes are an ancient and appropriate greeting for a sinner who has caused the Church so much division and pain. We will also be greeting him with whistles; these were used by the Polish People to show shame for the violation of human rights by the Communist Government prior to the end of the cold war. This will be a loud call for reform, that the Pope will be unable to turn a deaf ear to.

We are meant to understand that the Pope is insufficiently respectful of the other.


A divided flock awaits Pope Benedict in the U.S., with many Catholics unwilling to accept Church teachings on matters in which they find the Vatican "out of touch."

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2008 5:46 PM ET USA

    Mariadevotee. Wasn't it Winston Churchill who quipped: Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put"

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2008 12:18 PM ET USA

    Being disrespectful to gain respect seems to be the equivalent of the Muslim violence to protest the insinuation that they are inclined to violence. What next? Public sinning to prove you are sinless? Maybe they already have that one covered.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2008 11:25 AM ET USA

    Excuse my ignorance, as I am a foreigner, but is that Hillary Clinton?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2008 8:19 AM ET USA

    Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust: If the wine don't get you, The pseudo-Women must.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 10:41 PM ET USA

    It's "good will" to throw ashes on people, especially visiting dignitaries? Seems a little counterproductive on their part to want to reprimand abusing priests and bishops covering up and also want to promote homosexual lifestyles.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 2:10 PM ET USA

    I'll just pray for a strong wind to reverse the ashes.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 1:42 PM ET USA

    I'm not listening to any group whose spokesman ends a sentence with a preposition.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 11:08 AM ET USA

    Perhaps ashes and whistles would be appropriate tools for the annual Gay Pride Parade. No, wait, that would constitute a "hate crime". . .

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 9:09 AM ET USA

    Can't help but wonder what those same Poles would have thought of a plan to douse the Pope in ashes--or for that matter, what they would have thought of the Rainbow Sashers' entire program. Probably a bad example.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 8:50 AM ET USA

    Are these the same clowns who make utter asses of themslves by disrupting masses to show just how absurd is their claim to to any dignity or meaning? And all because of their own rather sick and sinful cravings?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2008 6:40 AM ET USA

    Interesting comments on the ashes and whistles. Maybe I'll take them to the Obama and Clinton rallies here in Pennsylvania.

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