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News, The Snitch Sex Abuse Victims Seek International Criminal Court Charges Against Former SF Archbishop

Sex Abuse Victims Seek International Criminal Court Charges Against Former SF Archbishop

Victims of clergy sex abuse have named a top Vatican official with roots in San Francisco as part of a small group of Catholic Church officials who should be investigated for crimes against humanity in a formal complaint lodged this…
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News, The Snitch Peninsula Priest Held in "Private" S.F. Location as Abuse Investigation Moves Forward

Peninsula Priest Held in "Private" S.F. Location as Abuse Investigation Moves Forward

A Menlo Park priest placed on leave following improper conduct with a 17-year-old parishioner has been relocated to a "private" location in San Francisco while an internal investigation of the incident moves forward, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.Father…
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News, The Snitch Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit brought by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, essentially settling the question of whether the supervisors were out of line when…
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News, The Snitch Kamala Harris Takes A Stand on Internet Pedophiles, Coddles Pedophile Catholic Priests

Kamala Harris Takes A Stand on Internet Pedophiles, Coddles Pedophile Catholic Priests

Matt Smith's column this week revealed how District Attorney Kamala Harris is essentially protecting Catholic pedophiles in her refusal to turn over the San Francisco Archdiocese files on clergy abuse. Oddly, she's also come out today with a campaign ad…
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News, Dog Bites Subpoenaed -- Again

Subpoenaed -- Again

Former San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada's visit to the city last week created the kind of media stir that the powerful Roman Catholic prelate may have preferred to skip. And he did, mostly. Avoiding a phalanx of TV cameras,…
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Levada's Secret

In April 2004, when questioned under oath by lawyers for victims sexually abused by priests, San Francisco's former archbishop, William J. Levada, was asked about Father Joseph Baccellieri, a parish priest accused of child molestation whom Levada removed from ministry…
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News, Feature Blind Eye Unto the Holy See

Blind Eye Unto the Holy See

During the 2002 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas -- at the height of public outrage over the clergy sex-abuse scandal -- San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada projected himself as a reformer on the abuse issue, chastising some…
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News, Legal Pirouette

Legal Pirouette

In a boost to San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada's efforts to keep documents on accused priestly sex abusers secret, newly appointed Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian has officially reversed his predecessor's decision to provide SF Weekly with materials…
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News, Feature Zipped Up

Zipped Up

Seated in a Marin County courtroom, Father Gregory Ingels fidgeted nervously as he waited for his name to be called. Tall and distinguished-looking in his clerical garb, the prominent canon lawyer and former vicar for clergy in the Roman Catholic…
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News, Bay View Settling Things Quietly

Settling Things Quietly

As part of a secret settlement with a whistle-blower priest authorized by San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada more than a year ago, the church acknowledged, however grudgingly, that Father John Conley had acted properly in reporting to police a…
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News, Bay View Archbishop's Thorn

Archbishop's Thorn

A Roman Catholic priest who openly resisted San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada's order that he step aside as pastor of a Belmont church after he was accused of sexual misconduct has been reassigned to lesser duties in a San…
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News, Bay View Holy War on the Peninsula

Holy War on the Peninsula

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual impropriety is openly resisting San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada's order that he step aside as pastor in Belmont. "I have rights, too," Father Daniel Carter, 52, tells SF Weekly. "He asked…
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News, Feature Nailed?

Nailed?

With absolutely no fanfare, Gov. Gray Davis a year ago signed into law a measure almost certain to have profound financial implications for the Roman Catholic Church, reeling from a clergy sex-abuse scandal that is the worst in modern times.…
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News, Bay View 'Scuse  Us, Folks

'Scuse Us, Folks

As San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada prepares to preside over a June 14 "ceremony of apology" for Catholics sexually abused by priests, some victims who were once among the event's biggest boosters say they may boycott it over their…
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News, Feature See No Evil

See No Evil

At a momentous gathering of U.S. Catholic bishops last June -- the first such conclave after the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted in Boston and spread across the nation -- San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada advanced an idea that set…
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Letters to the Editor

A Bishop Runs Wild And my guy had to clean up the mess: Regarding a recent story by Ron Russell, here are some facts concerning the tenure of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada as the Vatican-appointed administrator for the…
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News, Feature Bishop Bad Boy

Bishop Bad Boy

After he was caught exploiting a subordinate priest for sex, G. Patrick Ziemann could have been consigned to a life of ignominy upon stepping down as the Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa in 1999. And after he left the…
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Cothran

Sisters of Perpetual Conspiracy Satire relies for its effectiveness on context and delivery. An otherwise-hilarious joke can fall flat, or give offense, if delivered at the wrong time or in the wrong way. Let me show you what I mean:…
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