This month, Pope Francis will come to Ireland. It will be a visit full of pageantry and symbolism. A visit that has deep meaning for many people of faith.
But it seems that this visit will also be marked by an effort to silence and marginalise those whom the church has harmed.
We cannot allow that to happen.
We cannot stand by as those who suffered abuse and violation are pushed to one side and denied.
We cannot stand by and see the victims of the church’s brutal history marginalised and dismissed. We cannot stay silent as the Vatican uses its power and pomp to forcefully deny the reality of the harm it has done.
We will not stand by.
If you or someone you love has been harmed or abused by the Catholic Church, or if you want to stand in solidarity with those who have been abused, join us, in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin on Sunday August 26th at 3pm.
Stand with is. In solidarity, in dignity and in truth.
We are a different Ireland.