It's rather like the Chrism Mass demo that I used to organise with Joanna Bogle. Sadly, the demo at Southwark had to stop because they moved the Chrism Mass from Maundy Thursday, and getting time off school and work was harder to arrange... though Westminster's is still going strong, I think!
Anyway, Caroline's petition doesn't require a physical presence, just a virtual one. Basically, sign up if you agree with the following...
"I am a faithful practicing Roman Catholic woman, who attends Mass at least once a week and who believes in and practices the Church’s teachings, specifically pertaining to matters on sexuality, contraception, abortion, marriage and the ordination of women. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is sympathetic to and representative of the needs and concerns of women and their children, wherever they may be in the world. I would like to offer our new Pope Francis, my prayers and support and thank him for his continued protection and support of mothers and their unborn children. I fully endorse Church doctrine in relation to women’s issues."Personally I would be inclined to reassure people that failing to live up to this ideal is no bar, provided one accepts that the ideal is true and something to strive for, rather than attempting to change Church teaching to suit our sinful natures.
However, if you want to sign up, Caroline has started a specific blog for signatures... please do go over and give your support.