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Dissident groups seek voice in election of pope in run-up to conclave

The election of a new pope always brings with it hopes for change from across the Catholic ideological and theological spectrum. Advocacy groups from around the world have descended on Rome to try to publicize their causes while media attention on the Vatican is high. These lay groups won't determine the vote. But some movements are influencing the debate, particularly those which count hundreds of active Catholic priests as members — a threat the Vatican cannot easily ignore. Here is a look at some of the more well-known "dissident" reform and advocacy groups, from those claiming to have ordained female priests to those seeking Vatican files on sexually abusive priests.___ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS: Founded in 2010 in Ireland by three priests, the ACP now says more than 1,000 of the estimated 3,500 active priests in Ireland are members. The group's founding constitution calls for a re-evaluation of the church's teaching on sexuality and for greater lay involvement in church decis...

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  4. U.S. Priest Who Backs Women's Ordination Detained

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