Sunday, October 17, 2010

Serve documents on Pope,0,1851661.story
US judge asks Vatican to serve Pope, 2 others with legal documents, but it's a long shot

Associated Press Writer

4:18 PM CDT, October 1, 2010
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal U.S. judge is asking the Vatican to cooperate in serving the pope and two other top officials with court papers that stem from decades-old allegations of priest sexual abuse in Wisconsin.

The request is an incremental step in a lawsuit that accuses the officials of conspiring to keep the allegations against a Milwaukee priest quiet.

The Vatican is not obliged to cooperate with the request. A message left with the Vatican's U.S.-based attorney, Jeffrey Lena, was not immediately returned.

Plaintiffs' attorneys say the Vatican has not cooperated with similar requests in previous lawsuits.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa signed the order Sept. 24. It was released Friday by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

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