Oakland Diocese Faces Another Lawsuit

Sacramento Bee
November 10, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A woman who claims she was molested as a child by a monsignor in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is suing the diocese.

Sacramento-based attorney Joseph George filed the suit on Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of the alleged victim, who is now in her 40s.

The suit says Monsignor Vincent Breen abused the woman between 1980 and 1982 while he worked at the rectory of the Holy Spirit in Fremont. It accuses the diocese of covering the alleged abuse up.

Breen, who died in 1986, has also been accused of molesting at least seven other girls.

Diocese spokesman Mike Brown declined to comment on the suit, telling the Oakland Tribune the diocese had yet to be served with it.

The diocese is facing at least five other lawsuits stemming from allegations of abuse against another former priest.

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