Cardinal Roger Mahony will still help to elect a new pope, although he was barred from performing any public duties in his Los Angeles archdiocese by the current archbishop because of his handling of multiple sex abuse cases involving pedophile clergy.
Mahony was recently rebuked for his failure to do enough to stop the sexual abuse of children by priests under his watch when he led the Los Angeles Archdiocese, but apparently he still remains in good standing as archbishop emeritus.
According to the Huffington Post, Mahony said he is looking forward to traveling to Rome to participate in the secret conclave that will elect the next pope.
Mahony tweeted, “Historical news with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Am planning to be in Rome and vote for the next Pope. Will be tweeing (sic) daily.”
Mahony previously participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict in 2005 and has called him an 'extraordinary successor to Saint Peter,' adding that the Catholic church will continue to be blessed by his prayers and writings.
Meanwhile the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is reportedly reviewing personnel files of allegedly abusive priests that have recently been released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Sheriff's Sergeant Dan Scott told the Huffington Post this week that the special victims bureau is reviewing all the files and comparing them to cases the department has already investigated to see if there could be additional victims or cases they weren't aware of.
The Los Angeles Police Department announced a similar review last week and the two probes are reportedly working independently.
Files for 122 priests were made public last month by court order after the priests fought for five years to keep them sealed.