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N.Y. CARDINAL INSISTS THAT GOD IS A MALE

Cardinal John O'Connor, in a Father's Day sermon that blasted radical feminists, insisted God is male, a published report said Monday.

"We have no right to reconstruct (Christianity) as we like or choose," the New York Post quoted the cardinal saying in his Sunday sermon. "We are not authorized to change `Our Father' into `Our Mother.' "Feminists' struggle to change God's gender is based on tragic misperceptions, the cardinal said.

"It makes it particularly difficult for women in the church who want to assume rightful roles to be given a credible hearing," he said.

The speech enraged some feminists. "God is forgiving, and I'm sure `she' will forgive the cardinal," Ellen Doherty, a feminist activist, told the Post.