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Vatican defends decision to include Mahony in papal conclave

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Vatican defends decision to include Mahony in papal conclave

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The Vatican has spoken out in defence of the decision to include Cardinal Roger Mahony in the conclave to elect a successor for Pope Benedict XV!.

The statement comes after the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called for Mahony to stay away – due to his role in handling child sex abuse within his ministry.

Mahony, the former archbishop of LA, has been accused of helping a paedophile priest escape prosecution.

But Vatican spokesman Tom Rosica said there was no reason for Mahony to be excluded from voting for the new pope:

“The cardinals, including Cardinal Mahony, who have been implicated or named by SNAP have given much reflection to the accusations against them, to the situations which they found themselves. In the end there was no reason for them not to be coming here to the conclave.