By Barry Neil
London, England (CNN) -- A furor has erupted in Britain over comments by the pope seen as critical of a new law the Roman Catholic church fears will force it to accept homosexuals into its ranks.
In remarks to 35 British and Welsh Catholic bishops during a visit to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI urged them to challenge what he said were attempts to restrict religious freedoms.
"Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society," the pope said, according to the Vatican Information Service.
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