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Judge: Vatican lacks standing.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ruling on a motion filed by the Holy See, a federal bankruptcy judge says the Vatican has no standing to seek to limit questioning of the highest-ranking American in the Vatican. However, Judge Elizabeth Perris said Oct. 26 that she would consider the request as having been made by William Levada, archbishop of Portland from 1986 to 1995 and since August prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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
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Date:Nov 11, 2005
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