It’s here again, that momentous day when we Brits celebrate Bonfire Night, otherwise known as ‘Fireworks’ Night, ‘Guy Fawkes’, and to some, a more sinister ‘Anti-Rome’ Day.
All over the UK lots of children and adult will be celebrating, either going to organised firework events or having firework parties in the garden.
Catholic children and adults will be joining in the fun as much as their Protestant neighbours. For the most part, it is not intended as anything sinister against Catholics by the vast majority of Protestants.
But for some, it has a more sinister dimension. They will be burning effigies of Pope Benedict and the late John Paul 2. There will be shouts of ‘death to the catholics’ and ‘death to the catholic church’. Some catholics will wake tomorrow to find their cars have been subjected to ‘practical jokes’, punctures, broken windscreen washers, a potato jammed up the exhaust pipe and on rare occasions, brake pipes cut and bodywork keyed.
But, do we catholics shout and scream? When was the last time you heard of us protesting that we were being vicimised? Do we set about avenging ourselves and our property?
No. We take it all in our stride and thank God it could have been much worse.