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While performing Mass on Thursday morning, Pope Benedict XVI inched toward acknowledging the need for the Vatican to show more contrition over the slew of clergy sexual abuse cases that have compromised the Catholic Church's public standing in recent months (continued).

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More than a million worshipers in Spain showed up to hear the pope deliver a homily in which he made a veiled attack on Spain's liberal legal attitude toward gay marriage and divorce. Conspicuously not in attendance: the Spanish prime minister. It's apparently the first time in history that a Spanish leader has missed such an address. Que bueno. Memo to Pope Benedict XVI: Keep on dressing up hate speech as The Good News and you'll continue to be marginalized by more-enlightened world leaders.

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