Thousands of Spaniards have demonstrated against the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to their country amid child sexual abuse scandals hounding the Catholic Church.
The massive protests on Thursday boiled over into rioting as Spanish police forces faced-off with demonstrators in the streets of Santiago de Compostela, one of Roman Catholic's holiest sites, where the pontiff is scheduled to visit on Saturday as part of his two-day tour of the country, AFP reported.
Howls of protests also rose throughout the streets of Barcelona as people chanted slogans against the Church's covering-up of the child sex abuse cases that have so far been exposed in Catholic institutions in France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the US.
Protesters greet Pope in Spain
November 6, 2010
On the first day of his visit, there are plenty of voices in Spain calling for Pope Benedict XVI to go home. A number of groups were in Santiago de Compostela to protest, ranging from anti-child abuse activists to gay rights campaigners, and women’s groups.
It is the Church’s recent tortuous negotiation of sex scandals in several countries and what some claim is the Pope’s refusal to confront the problem that have raised the most anger.
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maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of
all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.”
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Photo
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!