A conclave to decide the successor to ex-Hitler youth boy soldier Joe Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, will start as early as March 15, the Vatican according to the Irish Times.
It’ll start between 15 and 20 days from when the papal seat is vacated on February 28, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told a news conference, says the story.
Ratzinger took the helm as one of the “fiercest storms the Catholic Church has faced in decades – the scandal of child sex abuse by priests – was breaking,” said the BBC.
The flood of allegations, lawsuits and official reports into clerical abuse, which reached a peak in 2009 and 2010, “may be the defining episode of his pontificate”, said the BBC, going on.
“The most damaging claims for the Church have been that local dioceses – or even the Vatican itself – were complicit in the cover-up of many of the cases, prevaricating over the punishment of paedophile priests and sometimes moving them to new postings where they continued to abuse.”
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