.- In an email message sent to hundreds of people who expressed their concern over the participation in World Youth Day of the controversial rock band from Argentina, RESCATE, organizers of the event announced the band has been eliminated from the WYD program.
The concern over RESCATEâs performance was not due to the bandâs Protestant identityâthe closing concert at WYD is billed as an ecumenical eventâbut rather because of the disparaging remarks against Pope Benedict XVI made by some of the bandâs members.
In a press release, RESCATE expressed âsurpriseâ at the story published by CNA and claimed the statements against the Pope were âtaken out of context.â
CNA sent a questionnaire to RESCATE requesting clarification on their beliefs about the Pope and the Catholic Church and accepting the bandâs offer to open a dialogue, but the CNA never received a response.
Catholics who wrote to WYD organizers received an email response this week announcing the decision to cancel the bandâs appearance:
âThanks for your interest in WYD. RESCATEâs performance at WYD has been cancelled, so there should be no problem, and in a few days the bandâs name will be removed from the official program.â
The official online program in German still lists RESCATE as one the bands performing, although organizers say it should be removed shortly.