Judge: Vatican lacks standing.
The Portland archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection in 2004 in the face of hundreds of millions of dollars in sex abuse lawsuits. Perris is presiding over the bankruptcy proceedings.
Citing its status as a sovereign nation and invoking various clerical privileges, the Holy See had asked the judge to prevent attorneys from asking Levada questions beyond his knowledge of child abuse allegations within the Portland archdiocese during his tenure as archbishop. Levada was scheduled to give sworn testimony in August but won a five-month extension when he agreed to return to the United States in January.
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|Title Annotation:||U.S. BRIEFS; sex abuse cases|
|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 11, 2005|
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