‘Protect church-state separation’ during papal visit, group urges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia to “respect separation of church and state” during the upcoming papal visit.

“Government officials must be very careful not to spend taxpayer dollars for any of the Pope’s religious activities while he is in the United States,” the group stated. “Government bodies must not provide any aid to a Pope’s religious activities that goes beyond the provision of services — such as police, safety, and security — that are regularly given for comparable public events of a similar size.”


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