Pope hits up the Cross

Police have warned that organisations protesting during World Youth Day events will need to have placards, banners and t-shirts pre-approved. If they don’t, they risk losing their right to protest according SMH:

During a meeting with two leading victims groups yesterday, senior police said protesters would also have to include details of their planned messages.

Protesting without police clearance could result in demonstrators being charged under extraordinary new powers which came into effect yesterday.


“We will protect our civil liberties, and help young people to protect their health, and no Pope or premier will stop us,” said Rachel Evans,a spokeswoman for the NoToPope coalition, which is planning to hand out condoms at a July 19 rally.

I wonder if recent sex shop raids are a message to Pope Day attendees that Sydney is serious about cleaning up its act. We repent!