NoToPope Coalition members Tara Euphoria Infinity Blackman and Alcy Infinty in Carrington Street, Lismore.
NoToPope Coalition members Tara Euphoria Infinity Blackman and Alcy Infinty in Carrington Street, Lismore. The Northern Star

Pope given a sermon on 'sins of his church'

THEY were not handing out condoms, but two Lismore supporters of the NoToPope Coalition yesterday took a stand against the Catholic Church, in particular Pope Benedict XVI.

As World Youth Day officially kicked off in Sydney yesterday, Tara Euphoria Infinity Blackman and Alcy Infinity set up some placards in Carrington Street to protest the Pope's arrival in Australia and celebrate the court decision that police would not be able to move protesters on for 'annoying' people gathering for World Youth Day.

Wearing black and white T-shirts with the slogans 'No God, No Guilt' and 'There is no God', the duo attracted attention from people walking past the demonstration.

The NoToPope Coalition will host an event at the Winsome Hotel in Lismore on Saturday, July 19, from 1pm, encouraging protection of freedom of speech, expression and sexuality.

“The coalition was formed only a few weeks ago, but has already gone Australia-wide,” Ms Blackman said.

“It is terrible. Young lives are being destroyed and ruined, especially youth who are homosexual, by the Catholic Church. The church is a terrible burden to anyone who has a consciousness. “The world should have disbanded the church years ago.

“We are showing our solidarity with the rally in Sydney.”

Ms Blackman said it was appalling with the Pope's visit that there wasn't any separation between the church and the state.

“Our State Government has spent about $100 million to have him visit Sydney, and when we have our own youth that are homeless it is appalling that we would pay for this,” she said.

“It is inconsiderate. Just one of the Vatican's artworks would have paid for the trip and more. And whenever the church apologises, it should come with some financial compensation for victims.”

Lismore Catholic Diocese of Lismore World Youth Day executive officer Adam Sullivan was in Sydney yesterday and declined to comment on the NoToPope Coalition.

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