22 Senators Oppose Pope Bill Amid Church Scandals

In a surprising outcome 22 Senators have voted against proclaiming a national day for Pope John Paul II as one Catholic legislator expressed dismay over church sex abuse scandals. The Senate voted 47-22 to refer the bill to full committee hearings with nine lawmakers including Conservatives abstaining: “Was he immune to the charges? Did he ignore them? Was there a cover-up?”

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