Un Crimes against Humanity Decree Re Pedophile Priests One Goal of Vatican Reformation Day Project Oct. 31

City of Angels
October 13, 2010

When headlines proclaimed a "Crimes Against Humanity" statement by victims of pedophile priests in Italy last month, a Press TV story* also reported, "A second meeting will be held in Rome in October," which immediately aroused my inner revolutionary.** "They must mean Reformation Day in St. Peter's Square," I thought, and called the phone number on the most recent press release from Survivors Voice.

"The group in Italy is actually part of the event we're having," said Gary Bergeron, project organizer. "There was a kind of break in translation in that announcement. We had somebody from Belgium at the meeting in Verona, who told the reporter, yeah, they're coming to Reformation Day at the Vatican too."

Will the Survivors Voice group fill St. Peter's Square Oct. 31st proclaiming pedophilia in the Church was a crime against humanity?

"It's easy to get up there and make a statement," Bergeron answered. "The challenge is, How do we issue the statement where it will end up in action."

He added, "We're looking to get something presented to the United Nations. We've been talking about this for a long time."

Since the first announcement of Reformation Day 2010 in April, preparation has meant dozens of public appearances, plus starting a nonprofit in Boston, producing a website with videos, collaborating on a documentary with CBS, and fundraising. (Pictured: Bergeron and partner on the project Bernie McDaid at a Boston cathedral protest in Auguest, photo by Ruth Moore.)

What else do Bergeron and McDaid have to do before the gathering October 31 in St. Peter's Square?

"We're right now working on a simulcast of the event," Bergeron said. "We've got to have a web host large enough to host the transmission as well as host all the hits, and our Survivors Voice website is not large enough." (See also the European version of their website in five languages.)

"We've got American and Belgian camera crews lined up, but shooting of the event isn't the issue, it's how do we upload it live to a computer."

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