Kids were hurt and crimes were concealed on Cardinal Rigali's watch in Philadelphia. For that reason, we urge him to recuse himself from voting on the next pope.
Nothing can undo the harm that was done to hundreds of wounded Philly victims and tens of thousands of betrayed Philly Catholic families. But this simple gesture - Rigali staying away from the conclave - would at least be an overdue and welcome sign of contrition on his part. His participation will only deepen the suffering of many who have suffered enough.