Disgraced LA Cardinal to Vote on Next Pope
But Benedict won't
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 12:28 PM CST
Cardinal Roger Mahony speaks during an annual multi-ethnic migration Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2007.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) – It's been less than two weeks since Roger Mahony was pulled from all public duties over his role in covering up child molestation cases. But that won't stop the LA cardinal from heading to Rome to help pick a successor to Pope Benedict, the LA Times reports. The news has split area Catholics. "His hands are dirty … from covering up years of sexual abuse. How can he be part of the conclave?" asks one abuse victim. Other parishioners are pleased their diocese will be represented. "Frankly, it's one more vote for a more progressive church," says one.

One person, however, who won't be helping to select the new pope is the old pope. Benedict will not participate in the conclave, a Vatican spokesperson said today, according to the AP. "The pope will surely say absolutely nothing about the process of the election," Rev. Federico Lombardi said. "He will not interfere in any way."

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Feb 16, 2013 4:04 AM CST
Just what do you expect from one of the most corrupt organizations in the world? They are all hypocrits and even worse than politicians!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "My kingdom is not of this world" - Yeah, right. And you have this multi trillion dollar tax free organization supporting its honchos in lavish style, food, housing, kiddies, ad infinitum. Woe unto them for they all will go to the pits of hell.
Feb 14, 2013 1:52 AM CST
Baloney Mahony MUST vote in the "conclave". It's the way its always been: A bunch of criminals wrangle and lobby and threaten and bribe, and in the end a puff of dirty smoke signals the most evil organisation on earth has a new Don. One they can TRUST not to come clean, repent, tell the truth or any of that shit.
Feb 13, 2013 7:04 PM CST
and we dont think that the church is FUBAR?