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In wake of Papal summit, Vatican now telling prelates to conceal evidence, protect pedophile priests
American Atheists, 18 May 2002. an influential Jesuit magazine said to reflect Vatican thinking is telling Roman Catholic bishops to avoid any public exposes about pedophile clerics and sexual abuse, and says that church leaders have no legal or moral responsibility if such abuses take place.
Vatican casts out ‘ordained’ women
By Kate Connolly and Philip Willan, The Guardian, Tuesday 6 August 2002. The Vatican tried to crush an international movement for the ordination of women yesterday when it excommunicated seven women who claimed to be priests.
Vatican Launches Global Campaign Against Gay Marriages
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, Washington Post, Thursday 31 July 2003. The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marriages Thursday, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions was “gravely immoral” and urging non-Catholics to follow their lead.
Pope warns feminists: Bishops told to take hard line on issue of gender
By John Hooper and Tania Branigan, The Guardian, 31 July 2004. The Pope will call on leaders of the Roman Catholic church today to attack feminist ideologies which assert that men and women are fundamentally the same.