Religion: Women: Second-Class Citizens?

An aggrieved group of Catholics calls for a fair share of power

"The Pope doesn't understand American women," says Donna Quinn. "This is our church, and we are not going to let a few men who work at the Vatican make it un-Christian."

"There was a time when the church sanctioned slavery and cheerfully burned heretics," says Maryann Cunningham, "and the patriarchal church still does not see that there is anything to be sorry for in its treatment of women."

"The bishops are all hunkering down in the grass like a bunch of guinea hens," says Margaret Traxler. "Wait a minute, I don't want to insult the hens. They (the bishops) don't stir...

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