Cardinals shielded predatory priests, helped cover up hundreds of abuse cases.

Sex and the Vatican - Comment on 2013 February 22

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If they banned all the cardinals who have mismanaged sex abuse or have been involved in other unsavoury business, they’d end up holding the conclave in a broom cupboard. Read more:

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Catholic groups in the US and Italy have called for Cardinal Mahony to be barred from the conclave, but he insists he will attend despite allegations that he shielded predatory priests.

At least three other cardinals due to participate in the conclave, which is expected to start sometime in mid-March and could last for days, also have clouds over their reputations.

Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland has resisted repeated demands that he resign for allegedly failing to stop a sexually abusive priest in the 1970s.

Godfried Danneels, a Belgian cardinal, had computer files seized at his home in 2010 over suspicions that he helped cover up hundreds of abuse cases.

Justin Rigali, another American cardinal, retired as archbishop of Philadelphia in disgrace after a grand jury accused him of failing to do enough to tackle abusive priests.

The sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church over the last decade were so extensive that it was not surprising so many cardinal electors were mired in controversy, said Robert Mickens, a veteran Vaticananalyst for The Tablet, the British Catholic weekly.

"If they banned all the cardinals who have mismanaged sex abuse or have been involved in other unsavoury business, they’d end up holding the conclave in a broom cupboard."

Allegations of widespread homosexuality among the clergy in Rome have been made by an Italian investigative journalist, Carmelo Abbate, in a book entitled "Sex and the Vatican".

 

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