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CURRENT ISSUE:  March 21, 2005VOL. 43, NO. 6Oakland, CA

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Status, procedures in clergy abuse

In my letter in The Voice to you, the members of the Church in the Oakland Diocese, just after the New Year, I shared the news that in the weeks ahead we would be dealing with the very difficult matter of trying to resolve the civil law suits that have arisen as a result of acts of clergy sexual abuse of children and young people.>>>


First abuse trial against diocese begins in Hayward
As The Voice went to press, March 16, jury selection continued in a Hayward courtroom in a trial to determine whether the Oakland Diocese should be held responsible for the sexual molestation of two altar boys by a former priest. >>>

Ruling in support of gay marriage draws criticism from Church
In response to a court ruling in support of same-sex marriage, a spokesperson for the California Catholic Conference expressed hope that the state Supreme Court will overturn the decision>>>



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