A massive protest will be taking place on Sunday, during which several Irish singers, including Hozier, are planning to perform.
The event, called Stand for Truth, is in support of clerical abuse victims and will take place in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.
Performers at the rally will also include Irish musicians Mary Black, Roisin O, and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
All the singers wish to take a stand against the abuse that has gone on in the Catholic Church and express their support for affected victims.
Several speakers will also be addressing the crowd, sharing their own experiences with clerical abuse and its effects on a personal and societal level. Their goal is to raise awareness of how global the horrific issue has become.
A week to go. Will you #Stand4Truth Our gathering is for everyone who wishes to stand in solidarity with those harmed by the actions of the institutional Roman Catholic Church. Who wishes to stand for truth,for justice,for love. For the Ireland we must be. https://t.co/pJkMCZhnmh pic.twitter.com/iwigOJcQ7v
— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) August 18, 2018
Theatre maker Grace Dyas, poet Sarah Clancy, and executive director of Amnesty Colm O'Gorman are on the agenda to speak to those gathered at the rally.
Colm, also organiser of the event, recently explained that the rally is for “everyone who wishes to stand in solidarity with those harmed by the actions of the institutional Roman Catholic Church. Who wishes to stand for truth, for justice, for love. For the Ireland we must be.”
Stand for Truth is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 26th at 3:00pm – the same time that Pope Francis plans to lead mass in the Phoenix Park.
Following the event, protestors will participate in a silent procession to Sean McDermott Street, where the last remaining Magdalene Laundry is.
NEW BLOG: As Pope Francis visits Ireland, victims of clerical abuse in Northern Ireland still wait for justice. – @PatrickCorrigan via @HuffPostUK #popeinireland #Stand4Truth https://t.co/xD7wtWEyeQ
— Amnesty Int'l NI (@AmnestyNI) August 24, 2018
“We cannot stay silent as the Vatican uses its power and pomp to forcefully deny the reality of the harm it has done,” Colm explained.
“This week Pope Francis has begged for forgiveness, but it isn’t at all clear what he wants forgiveness for. At no point has Pope Francis or any of his predecessors admitted or taken any responsibility for the deliberate policy of cover-up by the Vatican across the global church. [..]
“He needs to take responsibility for it as Pope, and as head of state of the Vatican City State. The time when the Vatican could force the cover-up of its crimes is long past.
“The Vatican may continue to dodge the truth, to try to bury it in dense and meandering statements. But nevertheless, it is revealed. So we will stand for truth. ”
Almost 3,000 people plan to attend the Stand for Truth rally. If you would like to attend, check out their Facebook page for more information.