Attorney for sex-abuse victims releases former Portland archbishop's 2006 deposition | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Attorney for sex-abuse victims releases former Portland archbishop's 2006 deposition

An attorney who represented priest sex-abuse victims in Oregon, released for the first time Friday a 2006 deposition by Cardinal William J. Levada, a former archbishop of Portland and now a top Vatican official.

Much of the information, including his decision to reassign to another parish a priest known to have sexually abused teenage boys, has been reported in the past, through lawsuits and the archdiocese's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. But Portland attorney Erin Olson released the 293-page deposition after reading statements this week by Levada, who attacked The New York Times in a defense of the pope and his role in handling priests who sexually abused children.

Olson noted that Levada had criticized the Times for faulting the pope -- then Cardinal John Ratzinger -- for the failure to defrock a Wisconsin priest who had sexually abused as many as 200 deaf children.

Levada's defense "did not particularly surprise me," Olson said, "considering he had made the decision to reinstate a priest who was a child abuser to a parish that had a school."

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA