From AP via CBS with my emphases and derision:
ROME, June 8, 2010
Protesters March in Vatican for Female Priests
Reform Groups Press for Ordination of Women, as Catholic Church Struggles With Abuse in Male-Only Priesthood
(AP) Groups [Makes it sound like a big deal, doesn’t it?] that have long demanded that women be ordained Roman Catholic priests took advantage of the Vatican’s crisis over clerical sex abuse to press their cause Tuesday, demanding the Vatican open discussions on letting women join the priesthood.
Representatives of a half-dozen Catholic reform groups [bringing the grand total of this pressing demonstration to about four old women] marched on St. Peter’s Square on the eve of a three-day rally marking the end of the church’s yearlong celebration of the priest.
Vatican officials have said during the rally Pope Benedict XVI may apologize for the decades of rapes and molestation that children suffered at the hands of priests. [Yep… AP is doing a great job with their inflammatory phrasing in this topic. BTW… look for AP’s coverage of ministers abusing children. The underlying assumption of that profoundly stupid phrase is that only Catholic celibate Protestant men harm children.]
The umbrella group Women’s Ordination Conference said the Vatican shouldn’t be celebrating the priesthood while "turning a blind eye when men in its ranks destroy the lives of children and families." [Shall we talk about all the lives of children and families priests have helped? Let’s then compare percentages. And let’s look also at the uptick of female abuse of children.]
"While the hierarchy spends their time covering up scandals and throwing major celebrations for themselves, Catholic women are working for justice and making a positive difference in the world," said Erin Saiz Hanna, the Women’s Ordination Conference executive director.
She spoke at a news conference before a dozen members of the reform groups marched to the Vatican in a bid to hand out flyers to tourists, priests and other passers-by.
Police stopped them when they reached the square and asked them to leave, which they did.
Another AP story… they sure are interested in this… has this photo…
… with a story about the big protest in Rome.
Looks like they have the big mo!