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LONDON, England, December 10, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have warned that they could be prosecuted under Britain’s proposed Equality Bill for refusing to allow married men, women, practicing homosexuals, and ‘transsexuals’ into the priesthood, reports the Catholic News Service (CNS).

The Equality Bill seeks, in part, to apply anti-discrimination laws to churches and religious institutions, requiring them to hire practicing homosexuals and ‘transsexuals’ for positions such as youth workers.

The bishops stated, however, in a new brief to Catholic members of the House of Lords, that the bill also defines priests as employees, rather than treating them as officeholders.

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