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Ruling in clergy abuse case may shield Vatican

US judge decides Holy See is not priests’ employer

PORTLAND, Ore. — 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 US District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year dispute in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages.

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