Vatican Can Be Sued over Abuse

By Associated Press, carried in The New York Times
March 4, 2009

A federal appeals court says the Vatican can be sued for abuse committed by its priests. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled that victims of sexual abuse by priests can sue the Vatican even though it is considered a sovereign nation. The court said abuse could be an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. A case has been working its way through the courts since a judge in Portland, Ore., ruled in 2006 that the Holy See could be held responsible for priestsí actions.


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