Vatican insists a man who shielded child rapists must help elect their new moral leader.

By now we all know the name Roger Mahoney (if you don’t, click here, here, and here).  It turns out that many Catholics, who align themselves with a church that claims the Pope is infallible, don’t like the Pope’s decision to have Mahoney help decided who gets to be the next Pope.

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony expressed “amazement” at calls that he withdraw from the upcoming papal conclave because of his record on clergy sex abuse, and said that the Vatican, acting through its ambassador to the United States, had instructed him to take part in the election of the next pope.

Amazement.  It doesn’t occur to Mahoney, apparently, that shielding predators of children from justice might just disqualify a person from having input on the next person who gets to dictate morality to the Church (and partially to the non-Catholics of the world through legislation and influence).

Congratulations dissenting Catholics – you have more moral sense than your religious leaders!  And if you have more sense than they, maybe it’s time to ditch them.

“I’m here because the Holy Father appointed me a cardinal in 1991, and the primary job of a cardinal, the number one job, is actually the election of a new pope should a vacancy occur,” the cardinal told Catholic News Service Feb. 28, two days after arriving in Rome.

Yeah, you were appointed in 1991…and then you did a bunch of crooked shit.  But the Vatican doesn’t care about that because you were appointed in 1991.  The thing is, a lot of people determine if someone is qualified to make leadership and morality judgment calls based on what they have done with their lives, not on whether they were appointed to a position before turning a cold eye to the victims of the priests in your charge.

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