US judge says Vatican isn’t priests’ employer

Nigel Duara reporting for Associated Press said that the “Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages.”

“The plaintiffs tried to show that Ronan and all priests are employees of the Vatican and it is therefore liable for their actions. Mosman made a previous decision strictly on legal theory and determined that if all the facts in the case were true, then the Vatican would indeed by Ronan’s employer. But on Monday, Mosman said he looked at the facts in the case and made his decision. ‘There are no facts to create a true employment relationship between Ronan and the Holy See,” Mosman said in his ruling from the bench.'”

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It is quite obvious from our perspective, that such a ruling is made to protect the Vatican from accountability. If Catholic priests are not in the employment of the Catholic Church, then whose employment are they under? All Catholic priests are monetarily provided for by the Catholic Church, they follow the rules and guidelines of the Catholic Church and if they are in trouble with the Catholic Church it is the Church that disciplines them.

Not wanting to be accountable for wicked priests and not being responsible for wicked priests are two different issues. The Vatican may not want yet another black eye in regard to scandals, but that does not change the fact that it was the persons that they appointed as “shepherd of their flocks” that caused suffering to the congregations they were sworn to care for, and they are expected to be their brothers keeper.


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