Timoid. wrote: TheBigBean wrote:
Timoid. wrote:Hmmm, as a catholic I might just give this one a miss. Might as well ask an African American to go to a Klan rally.
I think it is more like asking a white European / American to attend an anti-slavery commemoration. It all depends on your view.
Burning crosses? Check
People wearing hooded robes? Check
Anti-catholic slogans? Check
Burning of catholic effigies? Check
Still sounds like the Klan to me. Just a different target.
A horrible horrible tradition.
I think you misunderstand the event. It is not anti-catholic - it is anti the Marian persecutions. It is not against the current pope it is against Pope Paul V. It is not about burning crosses as a representation of Catholicism - it is about burning the crosses on which the martyrs were originally burnt.
There is a substantial difference between commemorating the appalling crimes of the past and a modern day witch hunt against someone based on the colour of their skin or their religion. Overall, I find it more offensive that the Catholic church (and most other religions) would like to forget about its past crimes than some small community in Sussex wishes to commemorate an unsavoury event. But as I said, it all depends on your point of view, and if a reminder of the past is offensive, then you would be wise to give it a miss.