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Cardinal Mahony to vote on new pope
Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:16AM
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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony will be among those traveling to Rome next month to participate in a papal conclave to elect a successor to retiring Pope Benedict XVI.

 

The 210-member College of Cardinals elects the pope, but only those under age 80 can participate in the secret election.

 

"Surely one of his great legacies will be a continuing emphasis on the need for all Catholics to exercise their role as evangelizers in the world," the 78-year-old cardinal said in a statement. "His focus upon the new evangelization will continue to enliven all disciples of Jesus."

 

As a member of the College of Cardinals, Mahony recalled the April 2005 conclave in which he helped elect the German-born pope.

 

"I recall so clearly his words when he told the cardinals that he was choosing the name Benedict because of his fondness for the prayerfulness and the Rule of St. Benedict, and also because Pope Benedict XV served during a time of turmoil and wars across the world," Mahony said.

 

The previous Pope Benedict served from 1914-20.

 

The current pope, who cited failing strength of mind and body, would become the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign from the lifelong appointment in about 600 years. He appointed 67 of the 118 cardinals who will pick a successor, who needs two-thirds approval to be elected pope.

 

Mahony said he looked forward to thanking the pope in person "and to participate in the conclave to elect his successor." Daily News

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

Last month, previously secret church files revealed Mahony and other archdiocese leaders had shielded priests suspected of abusing children, kept parishioners in the dark and failed to call police about sex crimes against minors. The Republic

 

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Jan. 31 announced dramatic actions in response to the priest abuse scandal, saying that Cardinal Roger Mahony would be stripped of public duties. LA Times

 

On the same day, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles released 12,000 pages of internal files on priests accused of sexually abusing children. NY Times

 

Gomez said in a statement that Mahony -- who led the L.A. archdiocese from 1985 to 2011 -- "will no longer have any administrative or public duties." LA Times

 

Mahony's reputation was tainted by the abuse scandal that resulted in a record $600 million payout to more than 500 plaintiffs who sued the church over abuse. The Republic

 

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