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Wednesday, Dec 9 2009
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San Francisco is enmeshed in a $14.4 million legal battle with the Catholic Church over whether the local archdiocese can sell property without paying transfer taxes. What are some of the dramatic turns the case has taken?

• So far, Jesus refuses to testify

• Assessor Phil Ting is demanding to be called "Your Holiness"

• The church's lawyers categorically denied that any children were molested, then realized they were at the wrong deposition

• San Francisco really, really needs the money

• Chris Daly made statements clearly deemed heretical by the Diet of Worms in 1415

• Gavin Newsom agreed to testify against the city in exchange for 30 pieces of silver

• The Vatican offered to pay its taxes with indulgences

• San Francisco's archbishop performed an exorcism to rid the city of Willie Brown

• The case has been divided into three trials, which are actually one trial

• City Attorney Dennis Herrera is forced to admit that he doesn't actually speak Latin

• The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence jumped the shark

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