February 22, 2006

Pope Names Two Americans As Cardinals


By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Two American archbishops involved in the response to the clergy sex abuse scandal - one praised for his efforts to heal wounds in the Boston Archdiocese and the other now overseeing worldwide abuse claims - were among 15 men named cardinals Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI.

Sean P. O'Malley, 61, became archbishop in Boston three years ago after Cardinal Bernard Law was pressured to resign over his handling of priest abuse allegations.

William Levada, 69, had been spiritual leader for Catholics in Portland, Ore., from 1986-1995, and then in San Francisco until last year, when he was named to the most influential Vatican post ever held by an American - prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the position last held by the current pope.

At the Vatican, Levada's role includes reviewing abuse allegations against priests worldwide.

Posted by kshaw at February 22, 2006 09:26 AM