Vatican releases documents in Ore. sex abuse case

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Vatican has again insisted that a one-time Portland priest named in a sex abuse lawsuit was not its employee.

At the same time Friday, the Vatican released hundreds of pages of documents, much in Latin, in response to a federal judge’s ruling allowing access to material about how priests are trained and governed.

The suit involves the Rev. Andrew Ronan. The lawsuit accuses him of abusing a young man in the 1960s shortly before leaving the priesthood. Ronan died in 1992.

A key legal question is whether the Vatican was actually Ronan’s employer. Vatican lawyers say it had minimal involvement in his career and didn’t know about the abuse until after it occurred.

A lawyer for the victim says the release of the material is precedent-setting.