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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 28, 2005

Archbishop Levada has unfinished business in his former bailiwick.

The judge in the Archdiocese of Portland's bankruptcy has agreed to let former Portland Archbishop William J. Levada skip an August date to answer questions under oath about how the church handles child sexual-abuse allegations.

In return, the newly named No. 3 official in the Roman Catholic Church must personally guarantee that he'll make himself available in January to undergo questioning by lawyers for priest sex-abuse plaintiffs in Oregon. In addition, he must agree not to claim diplomatic immunity as a high-ranking official of the Vatican.

Wasn't the reasoning behind Portland's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing precisely to avoid the death-of-a-thousand-cuts trial and media exposure?

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 28, 2005 6:37 PM ET USA

    I am making book on the state of my archbishop's health come January. Or the state of his appointment book. Or his obligations to the Holy Father. State the odds you require.

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