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25 May 2010, (NewsCore) - The Obama administration in a brief to the
Supreme Court has backed the Vatican's claim of immunity from lawsuits
arising from cases of sexual abuse by priests in the United States,
AFP reported Tuesday. The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by
the Vatican of an appellate court ruling that lifted its immunity in
the case of an alleged pedophile priest from Oregon. In a filing on
Friday, the solicitor general's office argued that the Ninth Circuit
court of appeals erred in allowing the lawsuit brought by a man who
claims he was sexually abused in the 1960s by the Oregon priest.

The unnamed plaintiff, who cited the Holy See and several other
parties as defendants, argued the Vatican should be held responsible
for transferring the priest to Oregon and letting him serve there
despite previous accusations he had abused children in Chicago and in
Ireland. The solicitor general's office, which defends the position of
President Barack Obama's administration before the Supreme Court, said
the Ninth Circuit improperly found the case to be an exception to the
Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a 1976 federal law that sets limits
on when other countries can face lawsuits in U.S. courts.