From a reader…
Father, do you think individuals or groups of non-Italian Catholics can picket or demonstrate in Saint Peter’s Square? I’m from the U.S.A. and thinking I’d like to fly over and start doing so! As a frequent visitor to the Eternal City, what do you think are the chances?
I’ve been getting a lot of this lately! People are champing a the bit. Especially Americans who want to DO SOMETHING!
The first thing to do is to examine your conscience and make a good confession and good Holy Communion.
Next, remember, it is hard to maintain out of proportion anger towards someone for whom you are regularly praying.
These, and living well your vocation, with fidelity, are good ways gently to protest those who would have us change our doctrine and discipline. Simply say, “No!” and hold fast.
Once those are secured and routine…
Protesting within St. Peter’s Square won’t last very long. You will be herded out. Protesting on the edge will last longer.
There was a great protest a week or so ago. Quite a number showed at the end of the long street that runs up toward St. Peter’s and stood silently. There were quite a few Americans in evidence, but I am not sure who organized it.
Let us also never forget the Angelus address back in 2018 after a certain former Nuncio to the USA issued a public statment. The weekend or so after, an lone voice rose in the Piazza like the battle-cry of Ἀλαλά personified:
The video shows that the name caught Francis’ attention and seemed to shake him. You could see him look out, clearly trying to locate the origin and he was distracted for the conclusion. Then he went on with the greetings.
I’m not recommending such a thing, of course. After all, not everyone has such a good sense of timing or strong voice… or luck with the police.
Still, I can imagine a legendary legionary barritus resounding from the Romans present, Rebel Yells from the Americans. Yes, I can imagine that.