The world's media is focused intently on the Vatican again as the Year for Priests closes. Pope Benedict XVI is expected over the next few days to address an international gathering of priests in Rome for conferences and celebrations to close the jubilee. The big question, of course, is whether he'll again address the issue of clerical sex abuse.
It seems unlikely the pope would miss the opportunity to say something, and the world's media know it. Some sample headlines: "Priest gathering overshadowed by Church sex abuse scandal." "Vatican celebrations overshadowed by scandals."
Of course, where the media are gathered, those seeking their own share of the spotlight show up, too. Here is that angle, from the Associated Press: "Sex abuse crisis gives new momentum to dissidents." The demands range from a personal apology by the pope to opening up the ministerial priesthood to women.
Here is a snippet of CNS's report:
Members of several groups advocating for women's ordination held a news conference in Rome, then walked to St. Peter's Square to hand out leaflets. After just a few minutes, police asked the women -- three of whom were wearing Roman collars -- to leave, and they did.
"I am an ordained Roman Catholic priest," Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly from Newton, N.J., told reporters. "We have come to Rome to celebrate with our fellow priests."
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