A former Oregon man who said he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest nearly 50 years ago has withdrawn his appeal of a ruling that said the Vatican did not employ the priest and is not liable for damages.
Lawyer Jeff Anderson named the Vatican as a defendant in the 2002 lawsuit he filed on behalf of the man identified as John Doe. Anderson says his client still believes "all roads lead to Rome" but has grown weary of the long legal battle.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman determined last year that the Vatican was not involved in the priest's transfers from Ireland to Chicago to Portland.
The Vatican's lawyer, Jeffrey Lena, says the case was "way over the top" and should have never been filed.