World Youth Day Cologne a Magnet for Anti-Christian Proselytizers
CYBERSPACE, August 9, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Those young participants of World Youth Day who have attended more than one have grown accustomed to certain aspects that have become standard features of the mass events. These include talks from bishops, fellowship with jubilant throngs of youth from around the world and a huge, outdoor Mass celebrated by the Pope.
Another aspect without which it seems no World Youth Day would be complete is the fury of anti-Christian protesters who seem enraged that young Catholics have rejected their message of sexual immorality and the Culture of Death. World Youth Day is a magnet for homosexual activists, agitators for women’s ordination, abortion advocates and the ubiquitous representatives of Planned Parenthood and their affiliated organizations handing out condoms and anti-Catholic literature.
In Toronto in 2002, commuters were confronted with full size billboards featuring a photograph of a group of bishops and the caption, “Because the bishops ban condoms, innocent people die. Catholic people care. Do our bishops?”
The same group will be targeting World Youth Day Cologne (Aug. 16-21) with its billboard campaign. At the central metro station in Cologne, young pilgrims will be greeted on arrival in the city with “giant billboards… proclaiming in German, English and Spanish that ‘Good Catholics Use Condoms,’” and posters with the same slogan will appear throughout the public transit system starting Friday,Â August 12.Â
The City of Cologne has granted the use of the transit system free of charge to the WYD attendees and no Catholic bishop or lay organization has thus far come forward to try to stop the offensive campaign. In Toronto, the Pattison Outdoor Advertising Company, the company that sold the billboard space to Catholics for Free Choice (CFFC), removed the anti-Catholic propaganda and in a letter to protesters, said, “Pattison Outdoor would not do anything to knowingly disrupt this once in a lifetime event.”
In a media release CFFC has vowed to spend the nearly two-week long event again attempting to recruit the young people into the Culture of Death with a condom campaign.
In a weird parody of the pro-life movement, the campaign is being called, “Condoms-4-Life.” Organizers are attempting to promote the common anti-Catholic theme that the policies of the Church against using condoms to protect from the AIDS virus is directly responsible for “hundreds of thousands” of AIDS deaths. With its nearly unlimited funding available from affiliate organizations such as Planned Parenthood and various giant corporate foundations such as the Ford Foundation, CFFC is able to concentrate on direct attacks on the Catholic Church, upon which it particularly focuses at World Youth Days.
Other posters will bear the caption, “We believe in God. We believe that sex is sacred. We believe in caring for each other. We believe in using condoms.”
The media release freely admits that its purpose, far from being “educational,” is part of an ongoing war of ideas against the Catholic religion, specifically it adherence to traditional Christian morality. “The campaign aims to counter the message sent by the Catholic bishops worldwide that condoms are immoral and unsafe and is a direct challenge to the cardinals and bishops who recently claimed that condoms were helping to spread HIV/AIDS.”
The fact that AIDS rates have plunged in the few countries who have dared to defy the condom dogmas of the United Nations and Planned Parenthood and have instituted abstinence programmes, is kept carefully quiet. Recent statistics show that faithful Catholics in those countries where AIDS is most prevalent have considerably lower rates of HIV/AIDS infections.
The condom and abortion pushers are not the only ones going to Cologne. Christopher Gillibrand, a Catholic living in Brussels who runs a weblog called, “Catholic Church Conservation” reports that a homosexual organization is sending a group of protesters to World Youth Day to “proselytise” the Catholic pilgrims. The organization, “KJGay” calls itself “a community of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals in the Catholic Youth Community Group,” and claims to be “the largest youth federation within the Catholic Church of Germany.” The group admits that their purpose is to garner acceptance of the “gay lifestyle” among Catholics.
An article on a German language Catholic website says, “There are unfortunately clear signs in Germany that the Catholic Church supports such youth-endangering activities.” KJGay appears to have some connection at least to official Catholic youth organizations in Germany. Some of the websites of “KJG,” the Catholic Youth Community Group, feature links to the homoseuxal organization.
Mr. Gillibrand asks, “What are the Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne, the German Bishops’ Conference and the organisers of WYD (the Pontifical Council for the Laity) going to do to protect Catholic youth in Cologne?”
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