Protesters hit the streets today over the closing of the Year of Mercy, marking the second day of demonstrations in cities such as St. Louis, Denver, and San Diego.
In Virginia, a group of Catholics gathered to demonstrate against Francis’ anti-traditionalist rhetoric.
“The main purpose is to tell Pope Francis that he can’t just end the Year of Mercy,” said protester, Augustine Parks. “There are millions of people in the world who still need mercy, and he can’t simply close the door, so to speak, on them. We want sinners to know that we stand in solidarity with them.”
Parks, who is a seminarian in Virginia, told EOTT that those in need of God’s mercy are terrified.
“They’re saying, ‘Is there no grace left for us?’ Sinners don’t know what will happen if they died today. They’re very scared.”
Protesters are also upset about Francis policies on appointing liberal cardinals, the environment in the Church, Traditionalist rights, and other issues. Some have even questioned the legitimacy of Francis’ victory in the last Papal Election, noting that, although he won the College of Cardinals, Sarah won the popular vote.
Yesterday in Rome anti-Francis protesters gathered outside the Vatican where they chanted “not my pope.”