January 06, 2005

Ruling soon in SR Diocese abuse case

The Press Democrat

Thursday, January 6, 2005


OAKLAND - A judge is expected to rule within two weeks on whether one of the 11 sex abuse lawsuits against the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese can proceed to trial.

At a hearing Wednesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw seemed skeptical of the diocese's objection to evidence in the case against the Rev. Patrick Gleeson, a former Calistoga pastor who died in 1991.

A former altar boy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Calistoga, now a 48-year-old Amador County man, is suing the diocese for alleged sexual abuse by Gleeson from 1968-72.

Diocese attorney Adrienne Moran challenged the plaintiff's sworn statement that a priest visiting the Calistoga rectory had, on two occasions, seen Gleeson and the plaintiff go into Gleeson's room and spend the night there.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 08:30 AM