Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Cardinal Mahony scandal makes waves in Rome before conclave


Vatican City, February 18 - The scandal surrounding
American Cardinal Roger Mahony for allegedly covering up priest
sex abuse is heating up in Rome ahead of a conclave to elect a
successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
On Monday, influential Catholic newspaper Famiglia
Cristiana launched an online poll asking if Mahony, the former
archbishop of Los Angeles, should participate in the conclave,
which will take place days after he will be deposed as part of a
clergy abuse suit.
Mahony, the senior American cardinal attending the
conclave, will be questioned under oath February 23 about how he
handled Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, a visiting Mexican priest
who allegedly molested 26 children in the Los Angeles
archdiocese in 1987.
The deposition Saturday will be the first since a court
order forced the archdiocese to release thousands of pages of
confidential files on over 120 priests accused of sex abuse,
showing how Mahony and other top officials shielded priests in
order to contain the scandal.

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