LOS ANGELES (AP) — Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who's banned from some church duties, says he will help elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who announced he's resigning.
Mahony is the former head of the Los Angeles archdiocese, where he has been barred from public duties by the current archbishop because of revelations about his past handling of clergy pedophile cases.
Mahony says in a statement that he looks forward to traveling to Rome to participate in the conclave that will choose the next pope. He also participated in the conclave that elected Benedict in 2005. Mahony says Benedict was an "extraordinary successor to St. Peter" and the church will continue to be blessed by his prayers and writings.