I’m hoping the world’s Roman Catholics take this sort of protest as it’s intended:
Pope Benedict XVI has met with clerical abuse victims as an estimated 10,000 demonstrators paraded through London protesting against the Catholic Church.
The protesters marched to Downing Street to condemn the church for its attitude to condom use, homosexuality, women’s rights and child abuse.
Note, these people are not protesting against people who call themselves Roman Catholics and their right to free expression of their religious beliefs, but the organisation that lets its agents abuse their children and then tries to cover it up; that tithes them and puts the money into maintaining a vast property portfolio for its own benefit. Against an organisation that fights hard against the civil liberties of the rest of us; that works relentlessly behind the scenes to bully our governments to impose its religious rules on all of us. That attacks secular government, openly campaigning to remove the separation of Church and State on which basic religious freedom depends.
The issue here is a toxic, corrupt political entity that will not be satisfied until we’re all its subjects. It seems definitely worth letting our politicians know how many people oppose that.