Mother-of-three Sally Gooding, 32, from Surbiton, said: “The first time I came up here I did not pay the women much attention.Oh, lady, if your primary school kids can read those bumper stickers, I’d rate that as far more of a miracle than any vision of the Virgin Mary!
“They are mostly old ladies, singing, and it all seemed quite sweet and innocent, but I have to say I was quite shocked by some of the bumper stickers.
“Everyone is entitled to an opinion but this kind of stuff is very right wing and fundamentalist. There is a primary school in this road and I would not want my kids exposed to such a narrow-minded view.”
One resident, who asked not to be named in case the order “started praying” for him, said: “Up to now they have simply been an irritant because they are always there at midday.Is it the prayer (since you seem to regard it as the Devil might a spray gun full of holy water yourself) or the reference to abortion that upsets you?
“If they want to go there every day and pray, fine, even if I think they are completely absurd, but to put up a notice saying ‘We pray for souls of aborted children’ opposite a school, I think it is dreadful.”
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was formed in 1984 after Patricia de Menezes claimed she saw the Madonna in a tree near her Surbiton home.We aren’t told what sort of tree, which perturbs me somewhat, but I’m pretty sure the Virgin Mary wouldn’t have been scrumping. Or collecting conkers…
Kitty Fox, from the congregation, said: “Abortion is the cause of the problems in the world and the Lord is helping us to provide the cure.”Kitty, bless your heart; you might be a religious nut, but by god, you have the right attitude to the Legions Of The Perpetually Offended….
When asked if she was worried about offending people Miss Fox said: “Why should we be afraid when doing the work of the Lord?
"People don’t like hearing the truth but the truth is the truth and it needs to be said."