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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jan 09, 2006

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gave a deposition yesteday in San Francisco.

A high-ranking Vatican official was deposed for seven hours Monday when lawyers questioned him on how the Portland diocese handled priest sex abuse allegations during his tenure there.

Plaintiffs' attorney Kelly Clark described former Archbishop William Levada as articulate and intelligent and said it "was a productive day." Clark added that it was "a remarkably uncontentious deposition." ...

"Almost none of his answers will get him in trouble ... but the documents we find may contradict what he said," Clark said. "I don't think he was being untruthful. I think he was being hopeful.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 11, 2006 12:17 AM ET USA

    For the sake of the Church, I pray that Abp. Levada has told the Truth. The Prefect for the CDF must tell the Truth. His must be willing to lay down his life for the Truth Who is Jesus Christ (as God calls us all to bear witness to the Truth). Any Prefect who lies must resign from his post immediately, for the good of the Church. Lying is unacceptable and is always to be condemned (Catechism #2483).

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2006 9:05 PM ET USA

    Leo - I have to disagree with you this time. Yes he kept Santa Rosa afloat the way Richard Nixon kept G. Gordon Liddy and Howard Hunt afloat (at least for a while). The mistake is rarely the crime in Church or Politics.... the mistake is always the coverup because it is calculated, cold, and premeditated. It is easy to forgive a moral lapse, even a serious one. We still don't know where millions of dollars went.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 10, 2006 8:18 PM ET USA

    Gil, I agree, that last statement is a masterpiece. I know I must lead a dull life, but I'm a bit fascinated by it. I'd almost have to conclude that the AB, if it is as the plaintiff's attorney says, is being elusive and not totally forthcoming. Where that would fit into the honesty scale, I don't know. Don't get me wrong, I'm pulling for AB Levada...and I hope the facts don't prove him to be culpable in anyway. BTW...could he be in a clerical "suit?" any pics?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 10, 2006 6:06 PM ET USA

    Surely if there is one thing nobody ever accused Abp. Levada of being it would be contentious. But that last paragraph is a masterpiece. "ALMOST none of his answers will get him in trouble...but the DOCUMENTS ... may CONTRADICT what he said." Not UNTRUTHFUL but HOPEFUL. Leo, he also kept his good friend Zieman afloat.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jan. 10, 2006 3:17 AM ET USA

    It is curious he was dressed in a suit. Perhaps to avoid the sensationalist photos that like to make clerics look ridiculous or make it look like the Church is on trial and subject to securar judgement. Or prehaps he was just trying to enter and leave the building unnoticed.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2006 9:20 PM ET USA

    It is fashionable for traditionalist Catholics to trash Levada. We should not forget how he came to the rescue of the Diocese of Santa Rosa after the departure of its disgraced bishop, Patrick Ziemann, and kept the ship afloat.

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