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WACO, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - An unknown person is funding billboards in Texas promoting the #CatholicMeToo movement.
Photographs shared with Church Militant show a pair of billboards in Waco, Texas that read, "Clean Up The Catholic Swamp: #catholicmetoo: Stop Funding Bishops."
The operator of the advertising company, Andy Littrell, told Church Militant that the person behind the signs prefers to remain anonymous, but is someone "fed up with Church leadership" funneling donation money toward sex abuse payouts and leftwing political causes.
Littrell said of his client, "He chose to put up two posters in town in hopes of informing other Catholics about what is happening in the Church, as many do not keep up with current events."
He noted that the buyer of the signs "thinks that the only power laypeople have is the power of the purse."
Appeals have exploded across the internet, in articles and social media, from angry Catholics insisting they'll withhold donations from diocesan appeals until their bishop implements true reforms to get rid of clerical sex abuse. Some laity won't be satisfied until bishops resign.
Earlier this month, Church Militant shared a letter that people can send to their local bishop. The letter calls for numerous demands, including, "A public admission and acknowledgment by [the bishop] that the root of this problem is a crisis of homosexuality in the priesthood and the episcopacy."
There will be a protest outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) meeting in Baltimore in November. Called the Silence Stops Now rally, the protest will demand from the USCCB an end to sex abuse cover-ups, resignation of those responsible, criminal prosecution when applicable and the creation of an independent lay committee to investigate the U.S. bishops.