March 19, 2005

Hubbard, Soares have a sit-down

Albany Times Union

First published: Saturday, March 19, 2005

ALBANY -- The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Albany County's new district attorney met behind closed doors for the first time this week to discuss, among other issues, clergy sex abuse.

The hourlong meeting Thursday between Bishop Howard Hubbard and District Attorney David Soares came just weeks after Soares said the possibility of convening a grand jury to explore how the diocese handled sex abuse allegations wasn't out of the question.

On Friday, Soares described the discussion as an "informational meeting," adding there was neither discussion of any potential grand jury action, "nor of anything this office is doing or going to do."

"He was very forthcoming with what the church is doing to address these issues they're facing," Soares said. "It was a good meeting."

Posted by kshaw at March 19, 2005 07:44 AM