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'Unflappable' Cardinal Mahony not swayed by protests, plans to join conclave

February 25, 2013

The former US ambassador to the Holy See has hinted that Cardinal Roger Mahony should not participate in the conclave that elects a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

“Just like everyone else, Cardinal Mahony should reflect on the example set by the Pope,” said Miguel Diaz, who has left Rome to return to his teaching post in the theology department at the University of Dayton. Cardinal Mahony has indicated that despite protests he fully intends to participate in the conclave.

In a related development a lawyer representing a sex-abuse victim said that Cardinal Mahony was “relatively unflappable” during more than 3 hours of questioning about his handling of a notorious case. The cardinal’s deposition on February 23 was the first such session since the Los Angeles archdiocese released records that showed his handling of sex-abuse complaints.


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  • Posted by: opraem - Feb. 26, 2013 12:53 AM ET USA

    mahony is sorry only because he was caught.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 25, 2013 6:59 PM ET USA

    It's easy to be unflappable when one's conscience is seared.