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Gay Activists Rally for Popes Resignation


Peter Tatchell, the head of the U.K.-based gay advocacy group OutRage!, was one of about 50 protesters on Sunday calling for Pope Benedict XVI's resignation outside London's Westminster Cathedral.

The protest was held in response to accusations that Benedict, during the years he served as a cardinal, did not take action against numerous reports of priests molesting children.

Participants in Sunday's protest, including gay and women's rights activists, blasted Benedict, calling him a "protector of pedophile priests" and "an accomplice to sex crimes." They not only demanded the Pope step down, but that he be prosecuted for allowing child abuse.

According to a press release from Tatchell, the protesters were met "with a mixture of jeers and support from Catholic congregants leaving the Cathedral after Palm Sunday mass." Tatchell also wants the papal visit to Britain, scheduled for sometime this year, canceled.

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