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Cardinal Mahony scandal makes waves in Rome before conclave

Former LA archbishop to be deposed during papal election run-up

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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