Jan 26, 2006

Serves him right? New Levada subpoena

How many times will Archbishop William Levada have to make the long trek from Rome to San Francisco to be grilled about clergy sex abuse cases? At least once more, this time in March, reports Ron Russell in the sfweekly.

Earlier this month, the Catholic Church's Number Two man was forced to answer lawyers' questions about alleged sex crimes by a former priest whom Levada had suspended, then restored to the active ministry, during his tenure as Archbishop of Portland (1986-1995). Levada had also OKd secret money payouts to three of the man's alleged victims, to forestall lawsuits. (The prelate's recent testimony is being kept secret.)

When he arrived at a downtown office building for the depostion, the Archbishop managed to elude a pack of reporters and TV cameras by slipping into a side door. He dodged the supposedly vigilant media when he left, too, again by a side door.

He might have have thought he was home free, but Anthony Piscitelli had other plans. Piscitelli is a process server. As Levada tried to elude him, Piscitelli wedged a new subpoena beneath a newspaper under the Archbishop's arm and announced, "Sir, you are served."

Archbishop Levada must now return to testify in the case of a Marin County woman who is suing the Archdiocese of San Francisco. She insists a priest sexually abused her when Levada headed that Archdiocese.


Blogger CS said...

Levada was a bad, bad choice...Why pick anyone with any possible taint from the scandal here? All it does is reinforce in stupid people's heads the notion that the Vatican is 'in on it' or condones what is going on in the US. I just don't know what Benedict wast thinking.

And no, before someone tries, there's nothing disloyal about saying that. Yes, the Pope CAN make poor decisions.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Levada was a bad, bad choice...Why pick anyone with any possible taint from the scandal here?

Interesting question, and, I'm sure, echoed by many.

Seems to me that 2000 years ago, people were asking Him the same question.

Why pick Matthew? Why pick Saul?

And no, I'm NOT accusing anybody of being "disloyal."

I just don't know what Benedict wast thinking.

Most people I know can't read minds.

6:38 PM  
Blogger CS said...

Matthew and Saul were directly chosen by God Himself for His own infallible reasons.

The Pope, sadly, is a different case...he can make poor personnel decisions, and even ones which have a negative impact on the Church.

How Levada will work out, who knows?

10:19 PM  

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