US cardinal's role under scrutiny

With new pope's selection just days away, former LA Archbishop's moral authority faces loud questioning.
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2013 20:40

The selection of the new Roman Catholic pope has drawn criticism as cardinals prepare to meet in conclave next month.

One particular priest in the US has drawn especially loud criticism because of his role in a child-abuse scandal.

Survivors of church-related sexual abuse in California say Cardinal Roger Mahony, who was archbishop of Los Angeles for 25 years, has no moral authority due to his shielding abusive priests from criminal investigation and civil suits.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.


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