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College Of Cardinals Convenes In Rome

A view of the crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A view of the crowd in St. Peter’s Square during Pope Benedict XVI’s last general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

More than 140 Catholic Cardinals met at the Vatican today, the first day of deliberations before the process of selecting the next pope begins. After today’s meeting, Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, stated that the next pope must commit himself to “the universal code of the church, which is zero tolerance for anyone who has abused a child.”

And yet, as James Carroll puts it, “every man [about to enter] the Sistine Chapel [to select the next pope] bears some responsibility” for a culture allowed such abuse to persist.

Carroll is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University and a columnist for the Boston Globe. He’s written extensively about the Catholic Church.

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James Carroll , Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University and a columnist for the Boston Globe.


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