'Ordain women now', London buses will tell pope

26th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

London's red buses will be emblazoned with posters calling for the ordination of women priests in the Catholic Church when Pope Benedict XVI visits Britain next month, campaign organisers said Thursday.

The Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO) group will launch a campaign on Monday with posters on 15 of the famous scarlet buses which read "Pope Benedict - Ordain Women Now".

"We're not allowed to discuss women's ordination now it's been turned into a serious crime to ordain a woman," CWO spokeswoman Pat Brown told AFP.

"So it's a way to get our message out there and this is a good opportunity while the pope is in the country."

The Vatican remains fiercely opposed to ordaining women, saying in new disciplinary rules issued in June that it was a "crime against the faith".

The Anglican Church allows the ordination of women priests, although the ordination of women bishops continues to be hotly debated.

Benedict will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham on September 16-19 in the first papal visit to Britain since John Paul II came in 1982.

The pope faces a range of protests during the visit, including a major one in London on September 18 under the umbrella slogan "Protest the Pope" which will feature secularists and gay rights campaigners.

© 2010 AFP

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