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Italian prelate hopes Cardinal Mahony will stay home from conclave

Catholic World News - February 19, 2013

A prominent Italian cardinal has suggested that Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, should voluntarily relinquish his right to participate in the election of the next Pope.

Although he has been barred from representing the Los Angeles archdiocese in public affairs because of his involvement in the sex-abuse scandal, Cardinal Mahony remains an eligible cardinal-elector. “This is a troubling situation,” Cardinal Velasio De Paolis told the Italian daily La Repubblica.

Cardinal De Paolis said that Cardinal Mahony might be “advised not to take part,” but has the right to do so. He suggested friendly persuasion, but concluded that “it will be up to his conscience to decide.”

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  • Posted by: filioque - Feb. 20, 2013 12:01 AM ET USA

    Wow, this has to be unprecedented in modern times, a real shot across the bow. But I can imagine Cardinal Mahony thinking that there are other cardinals whose records aren't so good either.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 19, 2013 9:21 PM ET USA

    jasoncpetty has it exactly right! Roger the Artful Dodger Mahony wouldn't miss the upcoming conclave where he will no doubt vote for the the most liberal man to be Pope.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Feb. 19, 2013 4:55 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony has filthy hands. He should stay home and not embarrass the other cardinals by standing among them as an equal.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Feb. 19, 2013 3:36 PM ET USA

    This for a man who has shown no particular sign of living conscience for decades? I wonder how a man who has been removed from public ministry in his own diocese can act as cardinal elector. We've lived through worse.

  • Posted by: jasoncpetty3446 - Feb. 19, 2013 2:26 PM ET USA

    Can a drama queen not be on stage?

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