I've been reading news reports of the many thousands of young Catholics descending on Sydney in the coming few days and rather feeling for all those ordinary citizens who will find their usual passage about the city impeded.
And also the extraordinary "nuisance law" which dictates apparently that ordinary Sydneysiders may not in any way annoy the pilgrims but that the reverse does not apply, i.e. any frenzied chanting, gatherings etc of the enthusiastic young Catholics may not be deemed annoying to anyone else. Seems a bit lopsided to me.
But then, having seen various shots of bunches of healthy, happy looking young people, replete with their bounteous idealism, I've been forced to admit that perhaps they are a positive influence overall.
I can't go for their religious message in any way at all. And it all seems a bit hypocritical in the face of the recent disclosures of further cover up of sexual abuse by Cardinal Pell, but if we compare their general demeanour and behaviour with that of some of their peers who are so into drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual violence, then perhaps we have to concede they have something going for them.
Interested to know what others think.