Disgraced Cardinal Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct

Cardinal addresses controversy on eve of conclave, asks for forgiveness.
2:00 | 03/03/13

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Sunday nearly eight years without hope with the head of the Catholic Church the cardinals will be first thing tomorrow to begin the planning for the conclave. But even before they're secretive selection begins a stunning new apology from a well known cardinal. ABC's David Wright is at the Vatican tonight with the people of Italy are not only watching the Vatican's every step. They are also watching American TV program making its debut there tonight. -- And intrigue scandal and people politics. Given that he -- On TV tonight the -- broadcast for the first time in Italy. The real life drama starts tomorrow not nearly so bloody. Monday at 9:30 AM -- general assembly of the college of cardinals can. First order of business to prepare for the conflict. The -- the cardinals give the go ahead the -- still will be installed to burn the ballots and communicate the results. Black smoke. White smoke for a new -- while those preparations are taking place cardinals will discuss the issues the new -- -- things. -- these daily meetings before they go under lock and -- Theoretically. Are off limits that we will be reading tea leaves the likely won't be told who set lot. Or even who -- the Vatican doesn't want the news handicapping the race. -- to cardinals tainted by scandal -- public statements Britain's cardinal Keith O'Brien admitted the truth to a recent British newspaper report yet initially denied. There have been times he said that -- sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest archbishop and cardinal. O'Brien who will not be attending the conclave asked for -- -- the other tainted cardinal LA's Roger Mahony gave his first interview since the church released thousands of pages of documents showing how much he covered up for pedophile priests. -- telling the Catholic news service he's amazed by the controversy. That saying the Vatican told him to come to the conflict.

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