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'The View' On Gay Marriage: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar Take On Pope Benedict XVI's Controversial Remarks (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/11/12 12:52 PM ET Updated: 01/11/12 11:26 PM ET

Pope Benedict XVI's controversial stance on same-sex marriage sparked outcry from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates worldwide. Now, the ladies of "The View" are taking the pontiff to task over his offending claims.

"Gay marriage doesn't affect my marriage," proclaimed Elisabeth Hasselbeck. "For people to actually say that gay marriage is harming marriage, and the idea of marriage, is inhumane."

Joy Behar took the more jovial route, noting, "Somebody wasn't invited to Elton John's wedding." But Sherri Shepherd went even further, calling attention to the numerous child abuse and gay sex scandals which have rattled the Catholic Church in recent years. "You've got a lot of people who are condemning things and they haven't cleaned house themselves, and they're doing the same things that they're condemning people for," she noted.

As Reuters reported Monday, the pope told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman."

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |