A group of infamous topless protesters belonging to radical feminist group FEMEN held a "Pope no more!" demo in Paris' iconic Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
A group of infamous topless protesters belonging to radical feminist group FEMEN held a "Pope no more!" demo in Paris' iconic Notre Dame Catholic Cathedral to mark the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
They flashed their bare torsos and banged on bells in the cathedral, shouting slogans such as, "Bye Bye Benedict" and "No more homophobe."
While the serious minded of the world wonder what made the pope resign and the not so serious take their own way to respond, FEMEN appears to have no love for the outgoing pontiff, whom the group also blasted on its website for his stance on same-sex marriage.
According to the site, they were playing a "funeral march" for the pope.
In a statement they said:
'FEMEN France sextremists played a funeral march by ringing bells of the citadel of Catholicism Notre Dame de Paris for the Pope. The fight between activists and grieving popephiles and the security took place during the action. The stuff of the museum decided to switch off the light to obstruct the work of journalists. FEMEN France noted the final hour of the homophobic Pope. FEMEN is congratulating the whole progressive world with the resignation of fascist Benedict XVI from the place of the head of the Catholic mafia. It's symbolic that today is the day of the voting of law of same-sex marriage in France. The ex-Pope was a fierce opponent of gay marriages. FEMEN applaud the complete capitulation of the middle age homophobia! Pope go to the devil! Viva common sense! Viva freedom!'
The police broke up their demo and a hell broke loose!
They are not the only ones reacting to the pope’s decision which threw a spotlight on some of the issues plaguing his reign, namely the sexual abuse of children by priests and anti gay-ism.
Although Benedict was the first Pope to publicly apologize for the abuse, some victims felt words aren't enough claiming the abuse cases were made worse because of efforts to cover up the issue.