Holy See Not the Boss

A federal judge in Oregon ruled on Aug. 20 that the Vatican was not the employer of a priest accused of molestation and dismissed a 10-year effort to hold the Holy See liable for sexual abuse. A lawsuit filed by a Portland area man argued the Vatican was partly responsible for his molestation in the 1960s. But U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman said he could not find an employment link in the facts and therefore, under the sovereign immunity law, the U.S. court had no jurisdiction. Jeff Anderson, attorney for the plaintiff, said in a press release that his client would appeal. “The judge’s thoughtful remarks from the bench clearly expressed his difficulty in deciding the case,” Anderson said. But an attorney representing the Vatican called Anderson’s statement misleading: “[Judge Mosman] did not say it was a close call on whether Ronan was an employee.” On this central point, “he said the plaintiffs had not really produced any solid facts to support their theory.”

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
So many of Cornell’s songs are filled with Christological and sacramental imagery.
Community, sacrament and Scripture: by means of these three mysteries Christ and his church would defy time.
Terrance KleinMay 24, 2017
Pope Francis poses with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-TRUMP-MEET May 24, 2017.
How are church leaders and Vatican watchers responding to the highly anticipated visit?
The EditorsMay 24, 2017
Photo via Starz
What type of god would force us to believe? Can we even be forced to believe?
Wyatt MasseyMay 24, 2017