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US cardinal expects briefing on secret 'Vatileaks' report

March 05, 2013

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has said that he is confident the College of Cardinals will be briefed on a secret investigation into the “Vatileaks” scandal before they meet in conclave to select the next Roman Pontiff.

Before leaving office Pope Benedict XVI decided that a report prepared by three cardinals, and submitted to him in confidence, would remain secret, and made available only to the new Pope. But Cardinal O’Malley indicated during this week’s congregation meetings, the three cardinals who prepared that report—all of whom are over 80, and will not participate in the conclave—could be asked to provide a review of the report’s contents. “I assume that important information will be shared that will help us make our decisions," the American cardinal said.

In an interview with the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal O’Malley said that the urgent tasks facing a new Pontiff would include resolving the sex-abuse scandal and improving the effectiveness of the Roman Curia.


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