KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - "Doonesbury" has offended some Catholics with this week's series that suggests the church once sanctioned same-sex marriages.

At least two newspapers refused to run this week's strips by Garry Trudeau, said Alan McDermott, managing editor of Kansas City-based Universal Press Syndicate, which distributes "Doonesbury."

This week's series showed Mark, a gay character, telling a Christian fundamentalist that the Roman Catholic church used to sanction gay marriages. The strip mentions a book being published this month by a religious scholar at Yale University, John Boswell, who discovered what he believes to be Catholic liturgies for a same-sex ceremony.

"We've heard from a couple of dozen irate readers who wonder why Garry Trudeau exists to make their lives unhappy," McDermott said Friday.

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The (Bloomington, Ill.) Pantagraph and the Journal-Star of Peoria, Ill., refused to run the strips.

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