Sunday, August 1, 2010

Protect The Pope Dot Com

Found this in my spam folder but it seems a thoroughly good blog logging anti- and pro-Papal visit news reports.

Deacon Nick Donnelly, a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Lancaster, has, through his own initiative, launched a website called, Protect the to counter the attacks on Pope Benedict’s reputation and integrity from groups such as Protest the Pope.

His website aims to inform Catholics on the law regarding hate crimes and provide them with the means of easily reporting incitement to religious hatred or acts of religious hatred to the police during the Holy Father’s visit.

Protect the also seeks to record incidents of anti-Catholicism in the media and internet as a way of raising awareness among Catholics and the wider community of this prejudice.

Deacon Nick Donnelly said at the launch of Protect the :

‘Its been said that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice, and in a way we Catholics have colluded in this by ignoring it, hoping it will go away. But the personal attacks on Pope Benedict in the run up to the Papal visit show us its not going away.

Since 2006 we’ve had the legal right to protect ourselves from religious hatred. Of course people in this country have freedom of expression, but this does not mean they have the right to create a climate of hostility and fear. It’s a question of protecting our human rights to freedom of belief and freedom of worship.’

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