Transcript for Pope Benedict Announces Conclave Changes
We're going turn now to the pope. He gave his final blessing sunday to a crowd of 100,000 in rome. He's announcing changes to the process of electing a new pope this morning. His final days are shadowed by a new controversy. David wright has the latest from rome. Reporter: Breaking news to report this morning. Today, the pope accepting the resignation of keith o'brien, britain's cardinal. He'll not be traveling to rome to participate in the conclave, not wanting to become a distraction. The latest and strongest example of how the papal election campaign isetting ugly. Today, pope benedict is expected to announce new rules about the conclave. He can do it by dedegree. The pope is an absolute monarch. The vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day borges. These day, the italian parps read like dan brown novel. Detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. There's some truth to it. Last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. These three men, referred to as the 007 cardinals. The pope's butler stole classified documents. They gave the pope a report. Only he and they not what's in it. You get tons of rumors and all thesewhispers. Most of them are not true. Reporter: At the same time, the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.A.'S roger mahoney and other cardinals. Should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope. The pope has announced new rules. The bottom line is the cardinals will not have to wait the 15 days they would have waited before. But the timing of the conclave will be up to them. George? Thank you, david right.
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