While the cheers of hurling fans resounded in Walsh Park on 12th May, quite a different war cry punctuated downtown Waterford City. On 12th May, over 40 faithful and militant Catholics gathered under the red standard of Tradition, Family & Property – TFP to manifest their opposition to the sacrilegious play Makin a Holy Show of Yerself being played at The Reg Restaurant.
Makin a Holy Show of Yerself, described by its producers as a “Comedy Mass”, is a play that mocks the Holy Eucharist and denigrates the priesthood and religious life. A description of the event online begins by inviting people to "Throw away the sins of the world with a comedy mass like no other" and to expect "confessions with Jesus, Mary and Joseph."
Volunteers of Ireland Needs Fatima - INF, the largest campaign of Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, led the
protesters in the Rosary and in the Litany to Loreto. Reigning over the entire street was a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, carried on the shoulders of four men.
Participants of the protest held signs with messages such as “We will not be silent against blasphemy” and “Defamation is not Free Speech!” Facing the car traffic, two other men held an eight foot banner which read “Enough is Enough! Stop Blaspheming Our Lord Jesus Christ!” Many locals from Waterford attended the rally, horrified that in their city, such an offensive play would be allowed. Despite the gravity of the sacrilege, there was a palpable sense of joy among the protesters. A joy which comes from doing what is right, no matter the sacrifices. Many in fact, had travelled as far as West Cork and Cavan to attend.
Several occupants of cars driving by the protest showed their support with thumbs up or a honk. Others, not so happy that Catholics were reacting to the anti-Catholic play, shook their heads or spoke profanities. Every so often, passers-by heard over the loudspeaker; “We are doing this Rally to make reparation for a sacrilegious play happening across the street in the Reg Restaurant”.
Even the waitresses of the Reg came to witness the protest though they were too timid to cross the street.
Earlier in the year, Ireland Needs Fatima had sent a petition with over 7,000 signatures respectfully asking that the show be cancelled. The restaurant however had not responded and said over the phone to many friends of INF that the show would not be cancelled. This left INF no other option than to organise a Rally of Reparation on 12th May, the day the sacrilege was scheduled.
As this protest makes evident, a growing number of Catholics are willing to react against evil in Ireland. With the grace of God and maternal help of His Mother, this reaction will continue to grow. As Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveria, the late founder of the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property and the inspiration of Ireland Needs Fatima, once said “when men resolve to cooperate with the grace of God, the marvels of history are worked: the conversion of the Roman Empire; the formation of the Middle Ages; the reconquest of Spain, starting from Covadonga; all the events that result from the great resurrection of soul of which peoples are also capable. These resurrections are invincible, because nothing can defeat a people that is virtuous and truly loves God."