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    Calif. diocese threatened with contempt

    By ALLISON HOFFMAN, Associated Press Writer
    SAN DIEGO – A federal bankruptcy judge is threatening the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego with contempt for allegedly attempting to hide assets to avoid payment to clergy sexual abuse victims.
    Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered the diocese’s lead attorney into court Wednesday to explain why she and her colleagues should not be sanctioned.
    Adler cited a March 29 letter sent by a diocese parish organization to pastors urging them to get new taxpayer identification numbers and transfer funds to new accounts. The threat Monday came six weeks after the diocese sought bankruptcy protection amid lawsuits by more than 140 people who accuse priests of sexual abuse.