Dolan: Sex scandals could be discussed at papal conclave

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (Credit: Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (Getty Images))

As he readied to meet with 114 other cardinals in Vatican City for the papal conclave Monday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke with Bob Schieffer of CBS' "Face the Nation" about the other topics the cardinals expect to cover, including wavering "Catholic fervor" and the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued the church.

"There's no cardinal with his head in the sand when it comes to these issues," Dolan told Schieffer Sunday, regarding the sex abuse scandals. "Sexual immorality, perversion, abuse of children, [which] affect all elements of society and culture, are particularly hideous when it comes to the church. And ... that will be an issue? I predict it will."

With cardinals from Latin America and Africa being considered for the church's top job - the first time in 1,300 years that a pope could be chosen from a non-European country - could more changes to the church's structure be coming up down the road?

No, said Dolan, who told Schieffer that the pope's job is to "preserve the integrity and the patrimony of the faith."

It's not, Dolan said, to make "radical changes."

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