A plaintiff’s attempt to sue the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in Vermont for negligent supervision of a former priest accused of sexually abusing a minor has been dismissed by a federal appeals court.

Taking the rare step of issuing a writ of mandamus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the diocese’s “scant” contacts with Vermont through occasional worship services held over the border from New York fell far short of giving a Vermont federal court in Burlington jurisdiction over the case.

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