The 400 Geese is a cross-disciplinary art collaborative focused on agitation and they came together for their first venture calling it, “The Easter Project”. They found the news about Pope Benedict XVI protecting accused sex offenders in the Catholic Church from criminal prosecution as a call to action.
The New York Times reported “...it has become clear that top Vatican officials—including the pope himself, while he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger— did not defrock a priest who molested scores of deaf boys in the United States, despite warnings by American bishops about the danger of failure to act, according to church files.”
This project consisted of a series of “Memorials” that were assembled in front of a number of Catholic Churches in Brooklyn before morning mass on Easter Sunday. Neighborhoods were also papered with a selection of printed quotes and “Help Wanted” fliers calling on Catholics to refuse communion and to contact the Archbishop of New York to demand the Pope’s Resignation.
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