"Mahony, who retired as head of the L.A. Archdiocese last year, was stripped of his remaining diocesan duties last month over his handling of priest sex abuse cases. He has repeatedly apologized for past mistakes but isn't bowing to pressure to skip the historic moment [of electing the next Pope]."

The reader comments are especially brutal, and mostly spot-on, in my view.

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