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NEW YORK - Pope Benedict XVI may not see them or hear them, but aggrieved Roman Catholic activists hope his U.S. visit this week will help them draw attention to issues ranging from the ordination of women and gay rights to sex abuse by priests and the Vatican ban on contraception.

The groups have planned vigils, demonstrations and news conferences to press their causes as the pope visits Washington and New York. On Monday evening, the eve of his arrival, supporters of women's ordination will host what they are calling "an inclusive Mass" at a Methodist church in Washington, presided over by Catholic women including two who were recently excommunicated.

"We cannot welcome this pope until he begins to do away with the church's continuing violence of sexism," said Sister Donna Quinn, coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns.

Go, nuns!

Replies: 1 Confession

Bush: "Forgive me Father, for I may have sinned, if what I did is actually against the church's rules, and if I actually did it, which I don't think I did, but if I did, I was entitled to, because I am the chief executive, and we can do things like that, except I didn't."
Pope: "Huh?"

JT Elder @ 04/16/2008 08:19 PM CST


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