Cardinal Roger Mahony has been removed from all public duties by LA's Archbishop José Gomez because of the child sex-abuse scandal. Mahony will be questioned about that in court, under oath, this coming Saturday. Then he's scheduled to board a plane for Rome to help elect the next Pope. Nobody can prevent that, but there's a grassroots movement to persuade him to stay home. The national advocacy group Catholics United has organized a petition. When Famiglia Cristiana, one of Italy's most widely-read Catholic affairs magazines, asked readers if Mahony should participate in the papal election, the overwhelming majority of 350 respondents said, "No."
Should Cardinal Mahony Stay Home (or Go to Rome)?
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