Aggrieved Catholic Activists to Press Causes During Papal Visit

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Washington (AP) Pope Benedict may not see them or hear them, but aggrieved catholic activists hope his U.S. visit, which starts tuesday, will help draw attention to their causes.

David Clohessy of The Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests says his group will call for disciplinary action against bishops who covered up abuses by their priests but remain unpunished. SNAP also is calling for pre-emptive steps to prevent abuse by priests in other nations.

On Monday evening, women who've been ordained in unauthorized ceremonies, including two who were recently excommunicated, will conduct what they call “an inclusive mass” at a Methodist church in Washington.

Gay catholic activists plan to demonstrate Tuesday along the Papal motorcade route in Washington.