Cardinal Keith O’Brien Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct - NYTimes.com:
"Analysts said that Cardinal O’Brien’s apology was bound to place a shadow over the process. Even before his announcement on Sunday, it was already seen as a rare development that Cardinal O’Brien would not attend the conclave, and several other cardinals accused of protecting abusive priests are under pressure not to participate from advocates for abuse victims. Among them are Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles; Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals; and Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of the church in Ireland.
The differing approaches across the Catholic world to handling the sex abuse crisis are expected to be evident at the conclave. Bishops’ conferences in English-speaking countries have tended to adopt a more aggressive, zero-tolerance policy in recent years, while more traditionalist cardinals inside the Vatican and elsewhere in the Catholic world have often closed ranks to defend fellow prelates."
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