Cardinals May Face Abuse Case Probe

Wales Online
September 9, 2010

Lawyers for a US man who wants to hold the Vatican accountable for the priest who molested him in the 1960s want to question top cardinals.

The lawyers filed papers in Oregon outlining requests for depositions from Cardinal William Levada and others. The Cardinal heads the office that defrocks paedophile priests.

The man known in court documents as John V. Doe filed the suit eight years ago. No trial date is set.

Recent legal arguments focused on whether the Vatican is actually the employer of priests. A ruling that they are could allow the suit to go ahead.

The Vatican's lawyers argue it is not responsible for individual priests.

In August, three men dropped a Kentucky suit that tried to link the Vatican to the abuse scandal.

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