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Amid priest abuse scandal, should Cardinal Mahony be allowed to vote for next pope?

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Cardinal Roger Mahony leads Christmas mass at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Services and celebrations marked the holiday throughout the world Saturday. Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Tomorrow, Cardinal Roger Mahony is scheduled to be questioned in a lawsuit about a Mexican priest accused of molesting more than two dozen children in the late 1980s. Reverend Nicolas Aguilar Rivera fled to Mexico after parents complained about him. He remains a fugitive there.

This is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga of sexual abuse within the church.

A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Archdiocese released thousands of documents showing that Cardinal Mahony had protected accused priests and did nothing to warn parishioners about them.

Given those circumstances, should Cardinal Mahony be allowed to vote on the next pope? That's been a hot topic of conversation in Rome this week.

Barbie Latza Nadeau of The Daily Beast is a reporter there and she joins us now.

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