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.

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Spokesman condemns allegations in Italian media that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation linked to secret cardinals' report.
http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Britain's senior Roman Catholic cleric has been reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour, a newspaper has said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21563345

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