Seriously what is going on in this country at the moment? it’s a frenzy of hatred emanating from some.
A company selling papal visit T-shirts and hoodies has been in talks with police after receiving anti-Catholic abuse online.
Staff at Catholics with Attitude, which makes hooded tops with slogans such as “Team Benedict”, “Vatican All Stars”, and “I Love Papa Benny”, said they were “stunned” by the messages.
They said they were particularly worried because one message referred to a specific member of staff by name.
“It was distressing because we did not know who this person was or what they would be capable of. What would make someone want to do this?”
He said after talking about it they decided “it wasn’t us who should be going away and hiding just because we are living a Christian lifestyle”.
The Telegraph has a piece today warning of a potential attempt to physically block the route of the Pope:
At the first public meeting of the Protest the Pope group, there was support for an attempt to stop Benedict XVI reaching an event in London next month.
A man calling himself Ray was applauded when he said: “Waldegrave Road is a narrow street. I don’t actually know how they intend getting the Pope in. Is he going to be helicoptered in or not? If he’s coming in by road, there’s a really good chance of blocking that road off. Let’s go for it.”
The audience was told that the pontiff must travel down a narrow suburban road to reach the campus of St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, where he is due to address 3,500 school children and students “in celebration of Catholic education”.
Within this same article are the usual comments relating to the burgeoning security costs and I can’t help but notice the irony that those most vocal and condemnatory about these costs are the same folk who are planning to disrupt, intimidate and generally pose a potential security risk.
On the subject of the first public meeting of the Protest the Pope group, the website Protect the Pope puts it all back in perspective and informs us of the dismal turnout:
Despite wide coverage on secular, socialist and gay websites, including twitter, there was a low turn out at Protest the Pope’s first major public meeting. Not even reaching triple figures, only 70 people turned up at the Old Library meeting room, even though it was conveniently located next to a London tube station.
However, the usual spin detached from reality has been put on the event, with it being hailed a ‘great success’.
The Church Mouse was not impressed that the Borough of Richmond had even allowed a Council building to host this anti-Pope protest meeting.