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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 14, 2008

Though their contempt is rooted in different antagonisms, the angry Americans featured in this AP story have pretty much all the same message: "The papacy is so obsolete, so distant, so irrelevant to contemporary life, that we're going to travel to Washington to make sure the world hears our proclamation of its pointlessness."

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.

In a word, thinking Catholics have ignored the pope for years, that's why it's urgent to warn them not to be taken in by his discourses in the week to come.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2008 6:35 PM ET USA

    I don't see how any of this involves being "faithful to the Church." Am I missing something fundamental here?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2008 9:25 AM ET USA

    To the contrary, the fact that they are traveling to DC shows that they consider the Papal Visit a major event for them.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 10:43 PM ET USA

    I love what Sambi said: "The problem is that there are too many people here who would like to be the pope ... and who attribute to themselves a strong sense of their own infallibility." I don't think I've heard it put much better.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 1:10 PM ET USA

    Is there one group that is represented in this article that doesn't sound like a parody? No, I didn't think so. So easy to predict who would be speaking and what they would say nearly down to the punctuation that the article was simply boring. Now please excuse me. I'm expected to go commit some sort of violence of sexism. Or something.

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