(Photo: Official papal visit memorabilia at Catholic bookshop in London September 15, 2010/Toby Melville)
Demonstrations are planned for Pope Benedict’s four-day state visit to England and Scotland, with the main focus likely to be on a Protest the Pope campaign march in central London Saturday, Sept 18.
Other separate protests are planned, including a bus poster campaign by a group supporting women’s ordination and a silent witness by the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
Here is an outline of some of the main protests likely to take to the streets:
* VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE:
– The American group SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say they will demonstrate with posters. A handful will fly over to join victims in England and Scotland.
– They want the pope to agree to a list being put up on diocesan websites that names all clerics who have been credibly accused, admitted or have been proven to have molested children.
– Few other victims groups say they will protest, but individual members, unhappy with what they say is a lack of support from the Roman Catholic Church, may join the march.