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Pope reaffirms ban on women priests, assails disobedience

Pope Benedict XVI leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's...more

Pope Benedict XVI leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI (C) leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI (C) leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic...more

Pope Benedict XVI (C) leads a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated...more

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool
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Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated...more

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated...more

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool
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Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated...more

Pope Benedict XVI washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool
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Pope Benedict XVI (R) washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI (R) washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday...more

Pope Benedict XVI (R) washes the feet of 12 priests in a ceremony commemorating Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 5, 2012. Pope Benedict on Thursday re-stated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests and warned that he would not tolerate disobedience by clerics on fundamental teachings. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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